Understanding clinical benefits of modeling clay exploration with patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In: Arts & Health 2(2): 140-148.
, Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff
, Morgan Gaydos
, Anthony Napoli
New York Institute of Technology, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York
, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, USA
, Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, New York
, State University of New York - Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead, New York
Arts, culture and health
Objectives: To report on a pilot study attempting to reduce negative ruminating thoughts in patients with Parkinson's disease engaged in a creative art therapy experience.
Key Findings: The hypothesis of this pilot study was that participants would significantly lower measures of depression, obsessive–compulsive symptoms, and phobic anxiety as a result of the manipulation of modeling clay. Quantitative results showed a positive outcome with a significant decrease in all three areas at a level similar to the average adult norm.
Methods: A single sample pretest–posttest research design was employed to assess the effects of modeling clay manipulation on self-report symptoms of psychopathology among Parkinson patients. A total of 22 patients (16 males, 6 females, mean age 71) diagnosed with Parkinson's disease completed the Brief Symptom Inventory pre- and post-session, and were asked to manipulate a ball of modeling clay and respond to follow up questions. Three measures were included as indicators for patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease psychological adjustment: depression, obsessive–compulsive behaviors and phobic anxiety.
Place of Publication:
1753-3015 print/1753-3023 online