Date of Award
Master of Arts
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), School of Visual Arts
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Dr. Michael Campanelli
It is well recognised that children with cancer have special needs. Art therapy has been shown to be effective in meeting some of these needs. An exploratory study was conducted to assess the feasibility of art therapy to address the psychosocial needs of paediatric cancer patients in a medical setting where art therapy has not been practised before. A qualitative research design was used to investigate the research questions, using interviews as the main instrument. Subjects were recruited from the oncology team of a metropolitan children's hospital. The sample of thirteen informants consisted of representatives from the medical, nursing and allied health professions (occupational therapy, social work, teaching, chaplaincy, dietetics and physiotherapy). Interviews were conducted with the aim of obtaining background information on the area under investigation (the illness, the patient, staff roles and psychosocial services), as well as informants' perceptions about working in the oncology setting, the psychosocial needs of paediatric cancer patients, the extent to which these needs are met, the role of art and the potential role of art therapy.
Carboni, A. (1995). Art therapy in the paediatric oncology setting: An assessment of the feasibility of art therapy to address the psychosocial needs of paediatric cancer patients. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/1180