Introduction to Art Therapy Research
Introduction to Art Therapy Research is a pragmatic text that introduces readers to the basics of research design in quantitative and qualitative methodology written in the language of art therapy, with particular attention to the field’s unique aspects, current thinking, and exemplars from published art therapy research studies. This combination of a broad, standard approach to research design plus art therapy’s particular perspective and major contributions to the subject make the text suitable for courses in introductory research, survey of art therapy history and literature, art therapy assessment, and ethics. The book includes strategies for evaluating research reports and writing for peer-reviewed publication, features that make the text of special value to students, practitioners, doctoral candidates, and academics writing for publication. An online instructor's manual with student resources is available and offers material to enhance the pedagogical features of the text.
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This book is a long-awaited gift to the art therapy community. As a teacher of research methodologies, I see the struggle to understand and develop research practices that "fit" our field and it's needs. My students were recommending it to each other as soon as it came out and before my research class had begun. Along with her tenure as editor of our professional journal here in the US, this text brings a multiplier effect to Dr. Kapitan's contribution toward increasing the rigor and strength of our research practice.