The Effectiveness of Arts in Trauma Intervention
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Keywords

therapy
PTSD
trauma
arts
music
expressive arts therapy
interventions

How to Cite

Zuch, M. T. (2015). The Effectiveness of Arts in Trauma Intervention. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, 10. https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v10i0.4055

Abstract

With many people throughout the world struggling with traumatic experiences often leading to to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), different ways of treating those symptoms have emerged. Expressive arts therapy is the method of utilizing different modalities of art to address specific issues. By framing PTSD and the role of the arts through Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs,” relevant research literature is discussed on the compatibility of the two beyond the level of self-actualization. By looking at three populations with high PTSD rates - refugees, victims of sexual violence, and incarcerated individuals - different art interventions are discussed along with their effectiveness. The literature review found that using the arts is effective among PTSD populations, especially as an enhancer of regular therapy. Several recommendations for further research are given, including the creation of a suitable measurement tool that effectively captures both the quantitative results with qualitative results in addition to ensuring culturally competent therapies.
https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v10i0.4055
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