The connection between art, healing, and public health: A review of current literature

Heather L. Stuckey, Jeremy Nobel

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Abstract

This review explores the relationship between engagement with the creative arts and health outcomes, specifically the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression, and expressive writing. Although there is evidence that art-based interventions are effective in reducing adverse physiological and psychological outcomes, the extent to which these interventions enhance health status is largely unknown. Our hope is to establish a foundation for continued investigation into this subject and to generate further interest in researching the complexities of engagement with the arts and health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-263
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume100
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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