Expressive Arts as a Social and Community Integration Tool for Youth Recovering From Brain Injury
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Treatment||expressive arts--theatre skills training program|
|Phase||phase 1/phase 2|
|Sponsor||University of Toronto|
|Collaborator||Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital|
|Start date||July 2007|
|End date||July 2009|
|Trial size||8 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT00434603, 001|
This study utilizes a novel technique—expressive arts therapy—to facilitate social integration for youth recovering from acquired brain injury (ABI). Expressive arts therapy is defined as the use of the arts and artistic media to explore psychological aspects of life. An expressive art (also referred to as 'creative arts' or even just 'arts') encompasses drama, music, art (visual arts such as painting, sculpture etc) and dance/movement. It has great potential to improve community integration for youth recovering from ABI, through facilitating skills required for successful social communication and social cognition. It is hypothesized to improve social and emotional functioning compared to a less structured creative arts program. It is expected that a combination of directed group activities and self-reflection within a creative learning context will improve emotional awareness and social and community integration to a greater degree than a non-expressive creative arts therapy group, in youth who have suffered an ABIAs community integration enables meaningful and productive occupational engagement, enabling opportunities for occupational engagement through increased community integration would greatly enhance the quality of life of adolescents with ABI.
|Observational model||case control|
Male or female participants from 13 years up to 16 years old.
- At least 6 months post injury
- Difficulties in social and emotional functioning
- Entering Grades 10 and 11 in 2007
- English fluency
- Extreme behaviour, mood and cognitive disturbance
|Official title||Expressive Arts as a Social and Community Integration Tool for Adolescents With Acquired Brain Injury: "I Want to Thrive, Not Just Survive!"|
|Principal investigator||Michelle Keightley|
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