Implementation of groups for creative expression on a psychiatric inpatient unit

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 1998 Mar;36(3):19-24.


Patients benefited from creativity group participation through expression of both positive and negative feelings, group acceptance, and acceptance of self in a non-competitive activity. Psychiatric nurses can lead creativity groups with a focus on creative expression, rather than psychotherapy. No specific training in the arts is required for these simple creative formats. It was found from using a variety of creative formats that, overall, patients received group projects better than individual projects done in a group setting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Art Therapy / organization & administration*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Creativity*
  • Humans
  • Inpatients / psychology*
  • Literature*
  • Music Therapy / organization & administration*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Psychotherapy, Group / organization & administration*