Digital Art Therapy Assessment: Overcoming Cultural and Language Barriers Globally

By Catherine Hsin and Rick Garner.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The paper focuses on technology use in therapeutic settings, particularly in the field of art therapy. Art therapy uses visual arts materials to address therapeutic issues and assessment. Technology now provides numerous art-based alternatives to traditional art materials. This study compared two forms of the Arrington Visual Preference Test (AVPT)—the original AVPT and the newly developed digital AVPT. The study gathered comprehensive survey data by comparing participants’ user experiences with the original and digital AVPT. Participants took both the original AVPT and the digital AVPT in random order. Following completion of the AVPT sessions participants completed a survey regarding their experience. Surprisingly younger participants (21-30 years old) stated preference for the original AVPT and older participants (over 40 years of age) preferred the digital AVPT. However, Asians under 30 years old showed a strong preference for the digital AVPT compared to other ethnic groups. The digital AVPT presented via the Internet could be easily converted into different languages making it available at domestic and international locations. Norms could be generated from a large pool of participants in various locations, cultures, and spoken languages. This could clarify cultural variations in response to the AVPT increasing its validity and reliability in clinical settings.

Keywords: Digital Art Therapy, Digital Art Therapy Assessment, Computer-Based Art Therapy, Web-Based Art Therapy, Art Therapy Online

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.35-47. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 747.862KB).

Catherine Hsin

San Francisco, CA, USA

Catherine Hsin holds her MA in Marriage Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) and received her BA in Art from University of North Texas. Catherine has worked as a media artist for over 10 years in US, Taiwan, and Singapore, and is interested in exploring the possibility to standardize Digital Art Therapy Assessment internationally. She was the 2011 recipient for the Art Therapy Psychology Department Research Award from NDNU for her thesis: Original and Digital AVPT: An Art-Based Assessment Comparison Study.

Dr. Rick Garner

Professor, Department of Art Education, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Dr. Garner has a background in clinical and educational applications of the visual arts, holding diplomas in studio art, neuropsychology, art education, and art therapy. He has explored the relationships of brain function and art for nearly 20 years. His current research interests involve relationships between neuroscience, art education, technology, and disabilities. Research and application of his work has involved both children and adults with disabilities. His latest work includes book chapters entitled A Conceptual Model for Neuro-Creativity in Visual Arts and Disabilities, Art Education and Virtual Worlds.


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