Art Injection: Youth Arts in HospitalBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6962.1170 (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1170
- D Isaacs
Ed Amanda Buckland Available from Child Health information Unit, Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia (A$25, pp 72) ISBN 0–9599152–7–3
To be an adolescent is to be disadvantaged, caught in a limbo between the child and adult worlds, misunderstood by almost everyone. To be a chronically ill adolescent is a double disadvantage.
Adolescents often find it difficult to cope with their feelings and have difficulty communicating their problems. Art is one medium through which adolescents can express their feelings, a medium that they do not find threatening; and the act of creativity can itself be therapeutic. Art Injection provides a detailed and practical account of how one hospital's youth art programme has developed.
The department of adolescent …