Two six-week research studies in two different geriatric facilities were conducted on how art making affects the anxiety levels, depression levels, and symptomology of geriatric patients with a diagnosis of COPD. There were 10 participants total between the two studies, all with varying stages of COPD and different symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The participants attended a one-hour creative arts therapy group once a week for six weeks. During each week, a different art directive was presented with new materials and new themes. Through pre- and post- self assessments each group, research showed how these art materials, discussions, and directives affected their medical and emotional symptoms. Research demonstrated how medical and emotional symptoms are intertwined, often greatly affecting one another. Providing art directives and group support, this study provided ways to observe how affecting one symptoms may possibly benefit other underlying symptoms and even a person's well-being as a whole.
|Department:||Counseling and Mental Health Professions|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Art education, Mental health, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Anxiety, Art making, Art therapy, COPD, Creative arts therapy, Depression|
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