Significance of clay art therapy for psychiatric patients admitted in a day hospital.
Invest Educ Enferm. 2014 ;32(1):128-38. PMID: 25229912
Aquiléia Helena de Morais
OBJECTIVE: To understand the significance of clay art therapy for psychiatric patients admitted in a day hospital.
METHODOLOGY: Qualitative, descriptive and exploratory research, undertaken with 16 patients in a day hospital in Londrina, in the state of Parana, Brazil, who participated in seven clay therapy sessions. Data collection took place from January to July 2012 through interviews guided by a semi structured questionnaire and the data were submitted to content analysis.
RESULTS: Three themes emerged: Becoming familiar with clay art therapy; Feeling clay therapy; and Realizing the effect of clay therapy.
CONCLUSION: The use of clay as a therapeutic method by psychiatric patients promoted creativity, self-consciousness, and benefited those who sought anxiety relief.