In this study we explored the effects of group art therapy on the emotional well-being and parental empathy of mothers of children with special educational needs. Eleven mothers of children who were diagnosed with at least 1 kind of special educational need participated in a 16-week program. We hypothesized that the art therapy group would help the mothers improve their emotional well-being and reduce parenting stress in comparison to a control group who received no intervention. The results from weekly ratings, interviews, and artwork supported the 2 hypotheses; however, the results from the questionnaire ratings did not support them. The possible reasons for the inconsistency in results and the limitations of the study are discussed.
Scopus Subject Areas
- Complementary and Manual Therapy
- Clinical Psychology