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