Title

Improving the Short-Term Affect of Grieving Children Through Art

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Publication Title

Journal of the American Art Therapy Association

First Page

91

Last Page

98

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07421656.2016.1166414

Abstract

We evaluated changes in positive and negative affect of grieving children in response to art making compared to another noncreative, non-expressive, but engaging visuospatial task and assessed whether art making was equally or differentially effective in individual versus collaborative settings. We randomly assigned grieving children to one of four interventions: art created individually, art created in collaboration with peers, puzzles completed individually, or puzzles completed in collaboration with peers. Children who created art individually experienced a significant decrease in negative affect, whereas children in the other three groups did not. Together, these results provide empirical evidence that the creative and expressive aspects of art make it effective for improving mood in grieving children.

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