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With art programs becoming more prominent in medical environments, this research seeks to investigate the way art materials are being used and perceived in these settings. Through observation of one pediatric unit and information collected from parents and nurses at this location, this qualitative evaluation aims to promote the ways in which art practices are benefiting children within hospital environments, while also considering the effect art materials may have on health professionals’ ability to perform primary medical responsibilities. Through an analysis of the data collected through observation and surveys, this research proposes the need for four guidelines for the use of art materials in pediatric medical settings: 1) giving children options rather than beginning with specific directives, 2) providing options for the location of the use of art materials, 3) investing in traditional art materials rather than digital for this population, and 4) creating plans to inform patients of their opportunities to participate in art. These principles consider the combined needs of the patients, families, structure of the hospital, and nurses to inform the development of future art practices within pediatric medical settings.
art materials, arts in health, art therapy, healing arts, medical, pediatrics
Date of Defense
November 8, 2016.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Art Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Includes bibliographical references.
Theresa Van Lith, Professor Directing Thesis; David Gussak, Committee Member; Marcia Rosal, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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