Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Education Studies

Language

English

Abstract

A pilot study explored the effectiveness of art therapy in improving the self-motivation and emotional and behavioral adjustment of children with special educational needs in Hong Kong. Six children aged between 6 and 10 participated in an art therapy group for 14 weekly sessions. Results from a range of standardized tests administered before and after the session block indicated that the art therapy group had little impact on the children’s sense of autonomy, competence, and relatedness in their learning. However, in-session observations showed that the art therapy facilitated the fulfilment of these three areas, and parental reports via interview indicated that art therapy had improved the emotional and behavioral adjustment of their children. Issues in facilitating art therapy groups for children with special education needs are discussed.

Keywords

Art therapy, Children, Special educational needs, Self motivation

Publication Date

11-2016

Source Publication Title

Arts in Psychotherapy

Volume

51

Start Page

24

End Page

29

Publisher

Elsevier

Peer Reviewed

1

Funder

This research was supported by grants awarded to Sau-Lai Lee from the Faculty Research Grant (FRG1/14-15/085) and the Institute of Creativity at Hong Kong Baptist University.

DOI

10.1016/j.aip.2016.08.005

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2016.08.005

ISSN (print)

01974556

ISSN (electronic)

18735878

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