A pilot cross-over randomised controlled trial of child-focused process and outcome evaluation of arts therapies at primary mainstream schools: study protocol

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Abstract

ABSTRACT
Background: Arts therapies are increasingly being adopted within
schools to alleviate and prevent a wide range of children’s difficulties.
Such therapies help to facilitate personal change and growth
through arts media; visual arts, music, drama, dance and movement.
Methods: This study aims to investigate the child-focused process and
outcomes of an arts therapies intervention through child-reported
questionnaires, interviews, participant observations, arts-work and biomarkers. The participants are 64 primary school children with mild
emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Expected results: To explore a) whether all components of the study
(i.e. recruitment, randomisation, follow-up) can work together in
a larger trial; b) the children's evaluations of arts therapies;c) the
impact on children's wellbeing, quality of life and sleep; d) the sample
size calculations and cost evaluations for future research. This is the
first study to embrace all arts therapies as one research domain with
a clear focus on children’s verbal, non-verbal and physical responses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalArts and Health
Early online date12 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Arts therapies; protocol; pilot randomised controlled trial; child-focused; process; outcomes; evaluation; primary schools
  • evaluation
  • process
  • protocol
  • outcomes
  • pilot randomised controlled trial
  • primary schools
  • child-focused
  • Arts therapies

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