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ERIC Number: EJ1041028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Process and Outcome Evaluation of an Art Therapy Program for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Feldman, Matthew B.; Betts, Donna J.; Blausey, Daniel
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v31 n3 p102-109 2014
Program evaluation offers an opportunity for improving the implementation and impact of art therapy. This article describes a process and outcomes evaluation of an art therapy program within the mental health services unit of a community-based organization for people living with HIV/AIDS. The aims were to assess utilization patterns and program impact on decreasing depression and improving health-related quality of life among HIV-positive individuals who received art therapy services during a 5-year period (N = 255). Short-term group art therapy services were found to be most frequently utilized. Significant changes in symptoms of depression and mental health--related quality of life were observed in a subsample of clients (n = 25) between baseline and a 6-month follow-up assessment. The findings, which underscore the value of program evaluation, may be useful in improving art therapy services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Center for Mental Health Services
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Grant or Contract Numbers: U79SM057719