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2nd Edition

Introduction to Art Therapy Research

ISBN 9781138912854
Published August 22, 2017 by Routledge
368 Pages - 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Since the initial publication of Introduction to Art Therapy Research, interest in this field has grown dramatically along with public policy demands for an up-to-date, culturally relevant evidence base on which to practice. This revised and expanded edition pays particular attention to the field’s unique and compelling questions, most current literature, and emerging trends in research, while guiding readers through the basics of qualitative, quantitative, and art-based research design.

Written by a prominent figure in the world of art therapy, this pragmatic text is organized into three parts: Part I provides an overview of the basic steps in conceptualizing an art therapy research study, with an emphasis on perspectives that are intrinsic to art therapy. Chapters in Part II cover an inclusive methodological framework from quantitative and outcomes research to qualitative, practitioner-based field research, critical-participatory orientations, phenomenological and narrative approaches, and the growing influence of art-based research in art therapy. Part III offers up-to-date ethical guidelines and valuable tools for understanding and evaluating research reports, as well as practical guidance for publication in scholarly journals based on the author’s long experience as the editor of the field’s leading scholarly publication. Also included are added coverage on cross-cultural research as well as high quality examples from published, peer-reviewed art therapy research studies that illustrate material throughout the text.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Art Therapy Research  Part I. Overview of Art Therapy Research  1. Art Therapy Research Ideas, Tools and Steps in the Process  2. How Art Informs Art Therapy Research  Part II. Art Therapy Research Methods  3. Quantitative Models of Art Therapy Research  4. Outcomes Research to Generate the Art Therapy Evidence Base for Practice  5. Investigating the Field with Qualitative Research  6. Practitioner-Centered Inquiry: Critical, Participatory, and Anti-Oppressive  7. Researching the Phenomena of Lived Experience  8. Art-Based Research in Art Therapy  Part III. Conducting Art Therapy Research  9. Before You Begin: The Research Proposal and Other Ethical Safeguards  10. Models and Critique of Good Research: Conducting the Study and Reporting Results  11.Writing Research for Dissemination and Scholarly Publication  Glossary of Research Terminology

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Lynn Kapitan, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, is founder, professor, and director of the Professional Doctorate of Art Therapy program at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is the former executive editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, as well as an honorary life member and past president of the American Art Therapy Association. The author of numerous research articles, editorials, and national and international keynotes, Dr. Kapitan has practiced as a social activist art therapist and research consultant for non-governmental agencies in Latin America.


"In her engaging, direct and disarming manner, Dr. Lynn Kapitan has drawn from her inexhaustible experiences and fathomless knowledge to create a comprehensively informative and highly readable text that clearly reflects her love for the field and research. This second edition is more than a mere reiteration—it offers extremely valuable and timely updates. It belongs in every practitioner’s library."
David E Gussak, PhD, ATR-BC, Professor of Art Therapy, Florida State University; author of Art on Trial; and coeditor of The Wiley Handbook of Art Therapy

"I heartily recommend the second edition of Lynn Kapitan’s Introduction to Art Therapy Research. Clear and open-minded, it remains accessible to art therapists of all persuasions. I have a hunch (though sadly without any quantitative or qualitative data) that the welcome maturation of our profession regarding research is due in no small part to the first edition of this book. Both enlightening and even-handed, it represents a significant literary accomplishment in today’s complex informational world."
Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, editor of Approaches to Art Therapy and author of The Art of Art Therapy

"A classic just got better! Dr. Kapitan updates, reorganizes, and expands what was already a terrific book. I have taught from the first edition since its original publication and enthusiastically welcome this new version. It is an essential text for students and a valuable addition to the professional art therapist’s library."
Randy M. Vick, MS, HLM, ATR-BC, LCP, Professor of Art Therapy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

"Researchers at all levels will appreciate the exciting advances in art therapy research incorporated into the second edition. Illustrated with exemplars from art therapy research published since the first edition, new content includes grounded theory and anti-oppressive research, multicultural competencies in conducting research, and contemporary revisions to the quantitative and qualitative sections. Dr. Kapitan’s writing exemplifies the quality research she espouses. I can’t wait to introduce students to this book!"

Holly Feen, PhD, ATR-BC, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Art Therapy Program, Wayne State University, Michigan

"This 2nd edition provides a practical and informed contribution to the profession and practice of art therapy in terms of recent trends in research with considerable significance to application in a range of contexts. Approaches, concepts and insights are delineated systematically, encouraging practitioners, educators and students alike to consider, evaluate, design and engage in meaningful research that is relevant and pragmatic and that progresses the discipline forward."

Ronald P.M.H. Lay, MA, ATR-BC, AThR, Registered and Credentialed Art Therapist, Supervisor and Program Leader of the MA in Art Therapy, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore