Arts and vulnerable people: examining the evidence base

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Sivapalan H

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Lemos and Crane

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A brief report examining the evidence base for the benefits of arts therapies for groups of vulnerable people – the Arts Therapies include art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy and dance movement therapy (Crawford, Patterson 2007). It focuses on evidence for people with mental illness; prisoners; people receiving palliative care; elderly individuals and homeless individuals.

The review concludes that there is a paucity of robust evidence to make any definitive judgments on the efficacy of arts projects. Results from qualitative studies are promising and substantiate the need for further research to be undertaken.

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Access upon request

APA Citation:

Sivapalan, H. Arts and vulnerable people: examining the evidence base. UK: Lemos and Crane.