Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
On-line version ISSN 1980-220X
VALLADARES, Ana Cláudia Afonso and CARVALHO, Ana Maria Pimenta. Art therapy and behavior development in the context of hospitalization. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2006, vol.40, n.3, pp.350-355. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342006000300006.
Hospitalization may have negative effects on child development and behavior. Thus the aim of this work was to evaluate the behavior during the hospitalization of 7- to 10-year old children, before and after art therapy intervention. It was proposed a quasi-experimental plan with a control group (n=10) and a group that was submitted to art therapy intervention (n=10). Results show that these interventions were effective in improving the behavior of the children. Hospitals can also be stimulating environments for children if they offer them health care practices that go beyond the disease.
Keywords : Art therapy; Child behavior; Child, hospitalized.