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Zarezadeh Kheibari S, Hokm Abadi M E, Mohebi Anabat A, Shakiba S, Hosseini Largany S F. The Effectiveness of Expressive Group Art Therapy on Decreasing Anxiety of Orphaned Children. PCP 2014; 2 (2) :109-116
URL: http://jpcp.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-147-en.html
1- Department of Clinical Psychology, Semnan University
2- Assistant Professor, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Science
3- Department of Clinical Psychology, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran. , hosseini_largani@yahoo.com
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of expressive arts therapy on decreasing anxiety of orphaned girls living in family-like centers of Mashhad, Iran. 

Methods: One week prior to final examinations, participants were randomly assigned to either an expressive art-making group or a control group. The State-trait anxiety inventory was administered before and after participation. Expressive art making activities included painting or coloring predesigned Mandalas, free-form painting, collage making, still life drawing, and modeling with clay. 
Results: The mean state anxiety score between pre-activity and post-activity decreased significantly in the expressive art-making group, whereas no difference was found in the control group. Similarly, the mean trait anxiety score between pre- and post-activity in the artmaking group was significantly lower, and no difference was observed in the controls. 
Conclusion: These findings suggest that a brief period of expressive art making can significantly reduce a person’s state of anxiety, which may have implications for art and art therapy programs that offer methods for helping orphaned children coping with stress.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Family and group therapy
Received: 2013/11/12 | Accepted: 2014/03/21 | Published: 2014/08/1

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