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ERIC Number: EJ988120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Efficacy of Group Art Therapy on Depressive Symptoms in Adult Heterogeneous Psychiatric Outpatients
Chandraiah, Shambhavi; Ainlay Anand, Susan; Avent, Lindsay Cherryl
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v29 n2 p80-86 2012
This study evaluated the potential benefit of weekly group art therapy in groups of adult psychiatric outpatients at a university medical center. Eighteen patients participated in 4 successive 8-week groups of 6 to 8 patients each that met weekly and were led by 2 therapists (a board-certified art therapist and a psychiatry resident). The standardized Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) was administered pre- and post-treatment. Ten patients who attended 4 or more sessions of group art therapy were included in the study. The mean group CES-D scores for the study patients decreased significantly from pre- to post-treatment. This is the first pilot study report of the efficacy of group art therapy using a standardized depressive measure in heterogeneous adult psychiatric outpatients. (Contains 3 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale