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Clin Pract Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Sep 1;1(3):214-226.

Connecting parents of children with chronic pain through art therapy.

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1
Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School ; P.A.I.N. Group, Boston Children's Hospital, Center for Pain and the Brain, Harvard Medical School.
2
Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School ; Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
3
Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School ; Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School ; P.A.I.N. Group, Boston Children's Hospital, Center for Pain and the Brain, Harvard Medical School.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To help address the unique needs of parents of children with chronic pain, a four module, parent-only, group art therapy curriculum was designed and implemented within an interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation treatment program. We evaluated perceived satisfaction and helpfulness of the group intervention.

METHODS:

Fifty-three parents of children experiencing chronic pain enrolled in a day hospital interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program participated. The voluntary parent art therapy group was offered one time per week for one hour. Participants completed a measure of satisfaction, helpfulness, and perceived social support at the end of each group session.

RESULTS:

Parents enjoyed participating in the group, agreed that they would try art therapy again, and found it to be a helpful, supportive, and validating experience.

CONCLUSIONS:

Initial results are promising that group art therapy is an appropriate and helpful means of supporting parents of children with chronic pain during interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation.

KEYWORDS:

art therapy; child and adolescent; chronic pain; pain rehabilitation; parents; treatment intervention

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