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A literature review of the therapeutic mechanisms of art therapy for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder

Smith, A (2016) A literature review of the therapeutic mechanisms of art therapy for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder International Journal of Art Therapy: Formerly Inscape, 21 (2). pp. 66-74.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans is often managed with the use of psychological intervention such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). There is a body of evidence that suggests that some individuals do not respond as well as others to such interventions. Other strategies in use to support veterans in recovery include art-based therapies and anecdotal evidence suggests that these have therapeutic impact for veteran groups that do not benefit from the aforementioned psychological therapies. This article describes a review of the literature associated with art therapy with combat veterans, aiming to ascertain what the therapeutic mechanisms are for veterans in using art therapy to manage post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Themes became evident within the literature review that are discussed and analysed, with resultant ideas for future research possibilities identified.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Health Sciences
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
Date : 12 April 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/17454832.2016.1170055
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Art Therapy: Formerly Inscape on 12 April 2016, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder, art therapy, therapeutic mechanisms
Additional Information : Full text not available from this repository.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 12 Jul 2016 15:32
Last Modified : 12 Jul 2016 15:32

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