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Habibi M, Hanasabzadeh M. The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Art Therapy on Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Quality of Life Among Postmenopausal Women. Salmand: Iranian Journal of Ageing. 2014; 9 (1) :22-31
URL: http://salmandj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-589-en.html
1- Family Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran. , babakhabibius@yahoo.com
2- PhD in Clinical Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry Institute, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Abstract:   (8150 Views)

Objectives: The aim of this research was to study the effect of mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT), as a new group intervention in recent psychotherapy, inreducing depression, anxiety, stress and improving the quality of life among postmenopausal women.

Methods & Materials: Using semi-experimental pre-test post-test with control group design, the number of 17 postmenopausal women, between 47 to 60 years old, were selected using voluntary sampling method, and short version of the depression, anxiety, stress scales, and world health organization quality of life questionnaire were administrated in two experimental (n=9) and control groups (n=8). The experimental group attended in ten sessions MBAT protocol. One month after the intervention, both groups were assessed again using the same tools. Data were evaluated by MANCOVA.

Results: Implementation of the MBAT in experimental group decreases depression, and stress. It also increases the quality of life, but has not significant effects on the anxiety.

Conclusion: The MBAT, as a new intervention method which combines art therapy and psychotherapy, seems to decrease depression, stress, and improve quality of life in postmenopausal women. So, using MBAT is recommended in large scale in the population of postmenopausal women.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Clinical
Received: 2014/01/10 | Accepted: 2014/03/10 | Published: 2014/04/01

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