Researching the Effects of Art During Childhood

by Nancy Borowick

by Nancy Borowick

Our first-hand experience, as well as conversations with art therapy professionals, continues to underscore the obvious – access to the arts is good for children, especially those who have experienced trauma. This fact is the base of our Art Healing programs, and a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) brings even more research to light.

The NEA described the report as, “The Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation: A Literature Review and Gap-Analysis (2000-2015) synthesized findings from 18 recent reports in psychology and education research journals. These studies focused on the social and emotional outcomes of young children who participated in art forms such as music, dance, theater, drawing, and painting.”

Studies covered topics such as social skills, emotional regulation, and development disorders. The NEA is looking to¬†pursue “more detailed measurement of the complex nature of social-emotional development” through art-related methods in the future.

You can read the summary of the report on the NEA News page.


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