Development of an art-therapy intervention for patients with personality disorders: an intervention mapping study

Suzanne Haeyen, S.A.H. van Hooren, F.M.J. Dehue, Giel Hutschemaekers

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    Art therapy for people diagnosed with personality disorders (PD) cluster B/C seems valuable to explore dysfunctional patterns in managing emotions. Current art therapy interventions are based on practical beliefs or commonsense approaches, without a sound basis in research results. To increase the effectiveness of art therapy for this target group, a planned, systematic and theory-based approach is needed. The principles of Intervention Mapping
    were applied to guide the development, implementation, and planned evaluation of the art therapy intervention. Empirical findings, theoretical models, and clinical practice experience were combined to construct a programme tailored to the needs of the target group. A structured 10-session art therapy intervention programme for patients was developed, aimed at: experiencing a (more) stable and positive sense of self, being able to express and regulate emotions, understanding emotions, thoughts and behaviours, using improved social and
    problem solving skills. Implementation took place and evaluation of the intervention is being carried out. The systematically developed art therapy intervention seems to be promising for PD patients in learning to deal with their problems. The results of the evaluation study maycontribute to the knowledge about the use of art therapy for PD problems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)125-135
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Art Therapy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018


    • Art therapy
    • emotion regulation
    • experiential
    • intervention mapping
    • personality disorders cluster B/C


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