Effects of classroom-based creative expression programs on children's well-being


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Beauregard, Caroline (2014). Effects of classroom-based creative expression programs on children's well-being. The Arts in Psychotherapy , 41 (3). pp. 269-277. doi:10.1016/j.aip.2014.04.003 Repéré dans Depositum à https://depositum.uqat.ca/id/eprint/1409

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Schools are in a unique position to offer mental health support adapted to the needs and to the varying situations of children. One way to reach a wide number of children for mental healthcare interventions is through classroom-based programs. While several instances of creative arts therapies school projects are found in the literature, no critical review of classroom-based creative expression programs exists to date. Following a review of scientific publications, 19 articles referring to 8 different programs were identified and examined in order to explore what are the effects of classroom-based creative expression interventions on children's mental health. Overall, the results indicate that programs containing a major component of creative expression can be beneficial to children but this needs to be considered with moderation. On one hand, significant improvement was found in hope, coping and resiliency, prosocial behaviors, self-esteem, impairment, emotional and behavioral problems (especially aggressive behaviors), construction of meaning and PTSD scores. On the other hand, some studies also reported no significant change in prosocial behaviors, self-esteem, emotional and behavioral problems, coping and resiliency of adolescent boys and PTSD (for a lack of a targeted intervention). These mixed results raise important questions that need to be addressed in future research.

Type de document: Article
Informations complémentaires: Cette version de l'article représente le manuscrit final (postpublication). La version officielle a été publiée dans la revue The Arts in Psychotherapy en 2014 : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2014.04.003
Mots-clés libres: art therapy; children; classroom; creative arts therapies; creative expression programs; intervention; mental health; psychology; school
Divisions: Développement humain et social
Date de dépôt: 13 mars 2023 15:45
Dernière modification: 13 mars 2023 17:30
URI: https://depositum.uqat.ca/id/eprint/1409

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