Investigating the efficacy of art and music therapy with vulnerable children and young people: a systematic review

Authors:
PONOMARENKO Anna, YAP Jade, PEERAN Uzma
Publisher:
Coram
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
138
Place of publication:
London

This systematic review evaluates the existing quantitative evidence base on the impact of art and music therapy with vulnerable children and young people. It discusses vulnerability in relation to five broad subject areas: adoption, attachment and parent-child bonding, mental health, behavioural and social interaction difficulties and special educational needs. These five categories cover a total of 10 specific conditions and diagnoses. The review carried out searches for evidence published since 2000. A total of 51 studies were identified in the review, of which 49 were unique studies. Of these 49 studies, 25 studies demonstrate that art and music therapy can be effective means of supporting vulnerable children and young people. A breakdown by discipline shows that 54% (7 of 13) of studies exploring art therapy were predominantly positive, slightly higher than the proportion of music therapy investigations 50% (18 of 36). However, the review concludes that more investigation is needed before meaningful conclusions can be drawn about the impact of art and music therapy with respect to specific contexts or diagnoses. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
systematic reviews, art therapy, music therapy, children, young people, adopted children, attachment, mental health problems, special educational needs, behaviour problems, conduct disorders;
Content type:
systematic review
Link:
Register/Log in to view this resource

Key to icons

  • Free resource Free resource
  • Journal article Journal article
  • Book Book
  • Digital media Digital media
  • Journal Journal

Give us your feedback

Social Care Online continues to be developed in response to user feedback.

Contact us with your comments and for any problems using the website.

Sign up/login for more

Register/login to access resource links, advanced search and email alerts