The Use of Art Therapy in Developing Healthy, Alternative Coping Skills With Women in Treatment For Substance Abuse

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Myers, Timberlee
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
More research is needed to support the efficacy of using art therapy as a valued treatment modality in substance abuse treatment programs as part of coping skills training and relapse prevention. This pilot study was a five-week, quantitative, control group design that investigated whether or not art therapy enhanced coping skills in its participants. A coping skills program was the basis for both the control group and the study group, and art therapy interventions were administered in the study group as an extension of that training. This study also investigated the reliability and validity of the Draw-A-Person-In-The-Rain (DAPR; Hammer, 1958) assessment and the scoring system used in this study. Although the results regarding art therapy as well as the validity of the DAPR were inconclusive, interrater reliability of the DAPR scoring system was improved. Repetition of this study would be beneficial for the field of art therapy.