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

Moula, Zoe and Karkou, Vicky and Powell, Joanne (2021) A pilot cross-over randomised controlled trial of child-focused process and outcome evaluation of arts therapies at primary mainstream schools: study protocol. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 13 (2). pp. 173-188. ISSN 1753-3023

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2019.1703198

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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Arts therapies, protocol, pilot randomised controlled trial, child-focused, process, outcomes, evaluation, primary schools
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 13:17
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 14:56
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705508

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