Group art therapy for the management of fear of childbirth

The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the efficacy of group art therapy for the management of FOC.MethodsTo understand the effectiveness of group art therapy, we designed a quantitative study. The population studied was pregnant women with subjective complaints of FOC attending an outpatient pregnancy follow-up clinic. Effectiveness of group art therapy intervention was assessed in comparison to group psychoeducation for FOC. The primary outcomes of the study were determined as Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience Questionnaire Version A (W-DEQ) scores below 37, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) scores below 14 and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) scores below 10 at the end of the 6th session for the art therapy group. We expected to find significant differences in the primary outcome measures between the two groups. The secondary outcome of the study was the difference between the two groups regarding the mode of actual delivery. 30 women volunteers in the third trimester of pregnancy attending a public women's hospital with moderate levels of FOC were included in the study. They were randomly distributed to 2 groups. The first group (n = 15) received six sessions of group art therapy. The second group (n = 15) received six sessions of psychoeducation for FOC.ResultsBy the end of the six weeks, Beck depression scale (BDS) scores, Beck Anxiety Scale (BAS) scores, and W-DEQ scores decreased significantly in the art therapy group in compari...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

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