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Elkis-Abuhoff, Deborah L.; Gaydos, Morgan – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2018
This article explores research on clay manipulation art therapy for individuals with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD). An overview of 3 phases of the authors' previous research includes (a) comparison of people living with PD to control in a single individual setting, (b) investigation of negative psychological symptoms in a single…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Diseases, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Behavior Disorders
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D'Amico, Miranda; Lalonde, Corinne – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2017
The purpose of this quasi-experimental research study was to evaluate the effectiveness of art therapy for teaching social skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program we tested was structured to provide a therapeutic setting for children to discuss difficulties they experience in their social interactions, and give them…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Interpersonal Competence, Outcomes of Treatment, Autism
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Northcott, Jessica L.; Frein, Scott T. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2017
In this study we examined the effects of drawing on positive and negative affect, when negative mood induction is not used as has been done in prior research. There were 64 participants ranging in age from 18 to 24 who completed 1 of the following activities: drawing, writing, or sitting quietly for 10 min. Positive and negative affects were…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Freehand Drawing, Art Therapy, Undergraduate Students
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Forkosh, Jennifer; Drake, Jennifer E. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2017
We examined whether using drawing to distract, by either coloring a design or drawing a design, improves mood more than drawing to express feelings. We manipulated levels of cognitive demand in the first 2 conditions by asking participants to color a design (low cognitive demand) or draw a design (high cognitive demand). After a sad mood…
Descriptors: Color, Freehand Drawing, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level
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Kline, Tori – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
I describe an approach to art therapy treatment for survivors of traumatic brain injury developed at a rehabilitation facility for adults that serves inpatient, outpatient, and long-term residential clients. This approach is based on a review of the literature on traumatic brain injury, comprehensive neurorehabilitation, brain plasticity, and art…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Head Injuries, Neurological Impairments, Rehabilitation
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Glinzak, Leara – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
This study identified decreased distress after art therapy in a proxy pretest study with a convenience sample of 73 patients being treated for cancer. Art therapy outcomes from 4 settings (oncology unit, infusion clinic, individual sessions, and open studio) were measured via the self-report Distress Thermometer, which was collected as part of an…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Emotional Disturbances, Cancer, Stress Variables
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Tucknott-Cohen, Tisah; Ehresman, Crystal – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
This article describes the healing benefits of art therapy for an individual with dementia of the Alzheimer's type. In this clinical case description, a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease received individual art therapy for 17 weeks. The treatment concerns that arose, altered view of reality, agitation, and retrogenesis provide insight on…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Dementia, Alzheimers Disease, Quality of Life
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Ando, Michiyo; Kira, Haruko; Hayashida, Shigeru; Ito, Sayoko – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of the Mindfulness Art Therapy Short Version for Japanese patients with advanced cancer. Patients learned mindfulness practices and then made art to express their feelings in the first session. After receiving instruction on practicing mindfulness 2 weeks later, they participated in a second…
Descriptors: Cancer, Patients, Metacognition, Foreign Countries
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DeLucia, Jennifer Marie – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
Beyond having knowledge of the treatment of combat-related trauma, art therapists need to understand veterans' experiences of transition from military to civilian life in order to offer effective interventions. This article reviews the literature on veteran transition and the challenges common to transition difficulty and describes two major…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Veterans, Transitional Programs, War
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Van Lith, Theresa – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2015
The intrinsic benefits of art making may be implicated in how and why people with mental illness turn to art therapy to aid their recovery. In this longitudinal multiple case study adult participants (N = 12) with severe and ongoing mental illness were recruited through their involvement in diverse community mental health art therapy programs. An…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Coping, Mental Disorders, Longitudinal Studies
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Laurer, Mattye; van der Vennet, Renée – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2015
This study investigated whether art production or viewing and sorting art reproductions would be more effective in reducing negative mood and anxiety for 28 adults with substance use disorders. Participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups and completed pre- and posttest measures of negative mood and anxiety The hypothesis that art…
Descriptors: Adults, Substance Abuse, Art Therapy, Psychological Patterns
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Kimport, Elizabeth R.; Hartzell, Elizabeth – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2015
Little research exists on using clay as an anxiety-reducing intervention with patients in psychiatric hospitals. This article reports on a study that used a one-group, pretest/posttest design with 49 adults in a psychiatric facility who created a clay pinch pot. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) was used as a pre- and posttest measure.…
Descriptors: Art Materials, Art Therapy, Anxiety, Intervention
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Stinley, Nora E.; Norris, Deborah O.; Hinds, Pamela S. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2015
This randomized controlled clinical trial explored the feasibility of implementing a fast-acting mandala intervention to reduce physical pain and psychological anxiety experienced during needle sticks. Forty pediatric patients participated in this two-group study: 20 participants created a mandala on an iPad (Treatment Group) and 20 participants…
Descriptors: Pain, Patients, Pediatrics, Art Activities
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Stace, Sonia M. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2014
Therapeutic doll making can hold diverse functions for clients in therapy, particularly for those clients who are working through complex trauma histories. Recent literature pertaining to the treatment of complex trauma suggests that talking treatments have their limits; supplementary therapeutic approaches that focus on sensory, physical,…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Psychotherapy, Toys, Creative Activities
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Maujean, Annick; Pepping, Christopher A.; Kendall, Elizabeth – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2014
This review article examines current knowledge about the efficacy of art therapy based on the findings of 8 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) conducted with adult populations from 2008-2013 that met a high standard of rigor. Of these studies, all but one reported beneficial effects of art therapy. Review findings suggest that art therapy may…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Adults, Scientific Methodology, Experiments
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