Research Article
Volume 11 Issue 7 - 2022
Artistic Painting Experiences and Relief of Psychological Stress among Carers of Autistic Children
Carolyn XY Miao1 and Johnston HC Wong2*
1Graduate of BNU-HKBU United International College, China
2Professor in Social Work and Social Administration, BNU-HKBU United International College, China
*Corresponding Author: Johnston HC Wong, Professor in Social Work and Social Administration, BNU-HKBU United International College, China.
Received: May 31, 2022; Published: June 30, 2022




Abstract

Artistic experiences of paintings were employed to reduce psychological stress among carers with autistic children. A total of sixteen participants were recruited from a membership of 256 carers of autistic children. They were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups each composed of eight participants. The experimental group was offered three sessions of painting experiences based on the themes of image expression, self-exploration and integration of body and mind. Psychological stress levels were measured by the Chinese Perceived Stress Scale, before and after the period of intervention that lasted for two months. Statistics showed that stress levels were significantly improved for the experimental group while there was no change in the control group. At the same time experimental group showed significantly lower stress level than the control group while there were no difference in the beginning. The findings were supplemented by qualitative data from collected from interviews of experimental group members after each of the three sessions. Feelings of hope, faith, responsibility, warmth, dawn of victory, good times, courage, faith, unconditional love, tolerance and being needed have replaced self-reproach, loss, confusion, anxiety and fear that were common to most participants.

Keywords: Artistic Experience; Carers of Autistic Children; RCT; Psychological Stress

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Citation: Carolyn XY Miao and Johnston HC Wong. “Artistic Painting Experiences and Relief of Psychological Stress among Carers of Autistic Children”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 11.6 (2022): 37-46.

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