Research

Aesop/BOP Active Ingredients report

Aesop and BOP Consulting have published a new approach to helping practitioners and commissioners in the arts and social sectors to understand more about how arts interventions actually work.

BMJ study suggests art therapy carries important information for clinicians

A US study led by Dr Girija Kaimal suggests that artwork created during therapy offered to service men and women may convey valuable information to the treating clinicians about patterns of resilience and risk.

The study was funded by the US National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Art therapy and veterans

Research published in the International Journal of Art Therapy provides an overview of short and long-term art therapy treatment for military service members with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Group singing and Post Natal Depression

A new study published in The British Journal of Psychiatry has shown a positive correlation between participation in group singing workshops and an improvement in recovery from the symptoms of Post Natal Depression.

Narratives of health and illness: Arts-based research capturing the lived experience of dementia

An open-source peer-reviewed article by Hilary Moss and Desmond O'Neill reporting on three artists’ residencies in a geriatric medicine unit in a teaching hospital.

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Justifying the arts in health and care in Finland: A discourse analytic inquiry

Located at the interface between arts educational research and cultural health and well-being research, this article published in Cogent Arts & Humanities explicates the interpretative repertoires and discourses used to justify arts in elderly care.

NEA/University of Michigan report on participatory arts and older people

Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts is a detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55+.

Transitions in Later Life – evaluation report

Calouste Gulbenkian and the Centre for Ageing Better have published an evaluation of seven pilot projects from the CG Transitions in Later Life Programme, which explores how psycho-social approaches can help support a more positive transition into retirement and identifies six key elements impor

Calouste Gulbenkian report on civic role of arts organisations

Rethinking Relationships maps the current civic roles of arts organisations in England, examines innovative practice, discusses the challenges and opportunities faced, and makes recommendations, based on 20 case studies from the UK and abroad and the perspectives of arts leaders from or

Experiences of Being report into creative arts and dementia

The Beth Johnson Foundation and Anchor, England's largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people, has produced a report detailing the positive impacts of six months of drama, music and dance workshops at 17 of Anchor's care homes in Surrey, with over 200 residents.

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