The Art at the Start project aims to publish high quality research as the project progresses and we will flag it up here as we go along.

  • Evaluating Create Together

The outcomes from a successful pilot of the Create Together art therapy groups were published in the Infant Mental Health Journal in 2015.

Armstrong and Howatson (2015) Parent-infant Art Psychotherapy: A Creative Dyadic Approach to Early Intervention. Infant Mental Health Journal. 36:2

  •  Outcomes from Create Together parent-infant art therapy

We published the next stage of our research in the International Journal of Art Therapy, using qualitative and quantitative measures to evaluate the outcomes for parents and their infants from attending art psychotherapy groups .

Victoria Gray Armstrong, Egle Dalinkeviciute & Josephine Ross (2019) A dyadic art psychotherapy group for parents and infants – piloting quantitative methodologies for evaluation, International Journal of Art Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/17454832.2019.1590432

  •   Talking About Art

Holly Rumble explored the impact of Dundee Contemporary Art’s Create Space on family learning. Her 2019 MSc dissertation, Talking About Art, is available as a PDF Talking About Art Full Report

  •  Integrative Literature Review

We have published an integrative literature review, looking at the evidence base for an art therapy approach with parents and infants together.

V. G. Armstrong & J. Ross (2020) The evidence base for art therapy with parent and infant dyads: an integrative literature review, International Journal of Art Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/17454832.2020.1724165

You can download a free e-print here

  • Book Chapter – Mechanisms of change in parent-infant art therapy

Our chapter on the mechanisms of change in art therapy with parents and infants, including lots of examples from case material, has been published in Hogan, S (2020), Therapeutic Arts in Pregnancy, Birth and New Parenthood, Routledge , London.

This report looks at our preliminary findings from interviews with parents who received a Home Art Box over the period of Covid-19 restrictions. We saw several benefits including increased parental confidence to make art together and increasing connections between parent and child.