Art Therapy / Psychotherapy
Creatively releasing pent up emotions through the many mediums of art, can have a very dramatic effect on one’s ability to concentrate on other tasks in life. The feelings of accomplishment gained from creative expression, can nurture self-confidence & motivation to try to have a go at other tasks in life one wouldn’t have approached before, with newly inspired flourishing motivation.
Evidence Based Research:
- Several studies demonstrate that art therapy enhances the psychosocial treatment of cancer, including decreased symptoms of distress, improved quality of life and perceptions of body image, reduction of pain perception, and general physical and psychological health (Monti et al, 2006; Nainis et al, 2002; Svensk et al, 2009).
- Art therapy strengthens positive feelings, alleviates distress, and helps individuals to clarify existential questions for adult bone marrow transplant patients (Gabriel, Bromberg, Vandenbovenkamp, Kornblith, & Luzzato, 2001).
- Research with children with cancer indicates that engaging in drawing and painting is an effective method for dealing with pain and other disturbing symptoms of illness and treatment (Rollins, 2005).
- Studies indicate a reduction of depression and fatigue levels in cancer patients on chemotherapy (Bar-Sela,et al, 2007).
- Evidence indicates that art therapy and other creative arts therapies stimulate cognition function in older adults who have dementia or related disorders (Levine-Madori, 2009) and may reduce depression in those with Parkinson’s disease (Elkis-Abuhoff et al, 2008).
- Art making may reduce anxiety and stress reactions as measured by cortisol (Walsh et al, 2007).
- Research on art therapy with children with asthma indicates that it reduces anxiety, improves feelings of quality of life, and strengthens self-concept (Beebe, Gelfand, & Bender, 2010) (see Art Therapy and Health Care for more information).
Evidence Based Research gathered by SAJMRM, 2017.