Evaluation of a school-based creative arts therapy programme for adolescents from refugee backgrounds

Quinlan, Rosalind, Schweitzer, Robert D., Khawaja, Nigar, & Griffin, Jane (2016) Evaluation of a school-based creative arts therapy programme for adolescents from refugee backgrounds. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 47, pp. 72-78.

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Abstract

Creative arts therapy programs have been identified as effective interventions with adolescents affected by adversity. The current study provided a controlled trial of creative arts therapy to address the psychosocial needs of students from refugee backgrounds. Forty-two students participated in a therapy trial, comprising an intervention and control group. Mental health and behavioural difficulties were assessed pre and post intervention. Hopkins Symptoms Checklist-25 (HSCL-25) and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) were used to assess wellbeing. Findings suggested an effect for a reduction in behavioural difficulties for the treatment group. A significant reduction in emotional symptoms was found for the treatment group. Findings provide empirical support for school-based creative arts therapy interventions specific to refugee young people.

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ID Code: 87960
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: refugee, adolescent, creative arts therapy, music therapy, creative expression
DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2015.09.006
ISSN: 0197-4556
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 01 Oct 2015 23:47
Last Modified: 16 May 2016 03:03

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