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Expressive Arts as a Social and Community Integration Tool for Youth Recovering From Brain Injury

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00434603
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified February 2009 by University of Toronto.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : February 13, 2007
Last Update Posted : February 27, 2009
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
This study utilizes a novel technique—expressive arts therapy—to facilitate social integration for youth recovering from acquired brain injury (ABI). Expressive arts therapy is defined as the use of the arts and artistic media to explore psychological aspects of life. An expressive art (also referred to as 'creative arts' or even just 'arts') encompasses drama, music, art (visual arts such as painting, sculpture etc) and dance/movement. It has great potential to improve community integration for youth recovering from ABI, through facilitating skills required for successful social communication and social cognition. It is hypothesized to improve social and emotional functioning compared to a less structured creative arts program. It is expected that a combination of directed group activities and self-reflection within a creative learning context will improve emotional awareness and social and community integration to a greater degree than a non-expressive creative arts therapy group, in youth who have suffered an ABIAs community integration enables meaningful and productive occupational engagement, enabling opportunities for occupational engagement through increased community integration would greatly enhance the quality of life of adolescents with ABI.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Brain Injuries Behavioral: Expressive Arts--Theatre Skills Training Program Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 8 participants
Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Expressive Arts as a Social and Community Integration Tool for Adolescents With Acquired Brain Injury: "I Want to Thrive, Not Just Survive!"
Study Start Date : July 2007
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date : July 2009
Groups and Cohorts

Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Expressive Arts--Theatre Skills Training Program
    The experimental intervention was an intensive theatre skills training program. The group of adolescent participants recovering from ABI met daily for four hours over a period of 4 weeks. During this 4 hour period, regular breaks were scheduled to provide the participants with a mental and physical break from therapy. Theatre training included voice work, breathing, movement, physical warm-up, character development, script analysis, writing skills, three-dimensional awareness, group dynamics, story development, mask work and clowning among others.

Outcome Measures

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Youth recovering from acquired brain injury

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least 6 months post injury
  • Difficulties in social and emotional functioning
  • Entering Grades 10 and 11 in 2007
  • English fluency

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Extreme behaviour, mood and cognitive disturbance
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00434603

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Toronto
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Principal Investigator: Michelle Keightley University of Toronto
More Information

Responsible Party: Michelle Keightley, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00434603     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 001
First Posted: February 13, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 27, 2009
Last Verified: February 2009

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Brain Injuries
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System