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Investigación y Educación en Enfermería

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DE MORAIS, Aquiléia Helena; ROECKER, Simone; JODAS SALVAGIONI, Denise Albieri  and  JACKLIN ELER, Gabrielle. Significance of clay art therapy for psychiatric patients admitted in a day hospital. Invest. educ. enferm [online]. 2014, vol.32, n.1, pp.128-138. ISSN 0120-5307.

Objective. To understand the significance of clay art therapy for psychiatric patients admitted in a day hospital. Methodology. Qualitative, descriptive and exploratory research, undertaken with 16 patients in a day hospital in Londrina, in the state of Parana, Brazil, who participated in seven clay therapy sessions. Data collection took place from January to July 2012 through interviews guided by a semi structured questionnaire and the data were submitted to content analysis. Results. Three themes emerged: Becoming familiar with clay art therapy; Feeling clay therapy; and Realizing the effect of clay therapy. Conclusion. The use of clay as a therapeutic method by psychiatric patients promoted creativity, self-consciousness, and benefited those who sought anxiety relief.

Keywords : mental health; art therapy; clay; nursing; psychiatric hospitals.

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