Art Therapists’ Perceptions, Attitudes, and Experiences of Participation in Research

Sharon Snir, Shoval Ben-Simon, Dafna Regev, Atara Ben-Haim

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The study examined art therapists’ subjective experiences, attitudes, and perceptions when participating in a longitudinal study in the Israeli public education system. Seventy-six reflections written by 38 art therapists on their participation in art therapy research were analyzed. Sixteen therapists also took part in focus groups, 5–7 years after the original study. Findings indicated that despite the time and energy required to take part in the study, the therapists were proud to have made a contribution to research, learned a great deal from participating, and felt that taking part had a positive effect on the course of treatment. They viewed their participation in the research as an empowering and valuable experience for them and for their clients.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalArt Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024


  • Art therapist
  • participation in research
  • school art therapy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology


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