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Title: A randomized waitlist-controlled trial of an intergenerational arts and heritage-based intervention in Singapore: project ARTISAN
Authors: Ho, Andy Hau Yan 
Ma, Stephanie Hilary Xinyi
Tan, Michael Koon Boon
Bajpai, Ram Chandra
Keywords: Science::Medicine
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Ho, A. H. Y., Ma, S. H. X., Tan, M. K. B. & Bajpai, R. C. (2021). A randomized waitlist-controlled trial of an intergenerational arts and heritage-based intervention in Singapore: project ARTISAN. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 730709-.
Journal: Frontiers in Psychology 
Abstract: Loneliness has become a global major public health concern, with detrimental effects to the young and old. ARTISAN (Aspiration and Resilience Through Intergenerational Storytelling and Art-based Narratives) is a 5-week, 15-h participatory art and group-based intervention that focuses on resilience building and loneliness alleviation among the young and old through a structured multimodal framework held at a museum space. Developed with a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach, this intervention is evaluated using an open-label waitlist randomized controlled trial design (RCT) comprised of community-dwelling youth and older adults randomized into an intervention group (n = 35) or a waitlist-control group (n = 33). Participants were assessed on standardized self-reported psychometric measures including loneliness, resilience, quality of life, social support, life satisfaction and national identity at three time points. Qualitative data generated during each intervention session as well as acceptability focus groups were recorded and transcribed. Linear mixed modeling analyses revealed that participants in the intervention group experienced improvements in life satisfaction compared to participants in the waitlist-control group (95% CI: 0.22 to 0.77, p < 0.001, Cohen's d = 0.53) immediately after the completion of ARTISAN. Subgroup analyses for youth participants indicated improvements in quality of life (95% CI: 0.16 to 0.52, p < 0.001, d = 1.31) and national identity (95% CI: 0.18 to 0.80, p = 0.002, d = 0.43) in comparison to the waitlist-control group. At 5-weeks follow-up, the intervention group participants continued to experience high levels of life satisfaction (95% CI: 0.04 to 0.42, p = 0.017, d = 0.47), enhancements in resilience (95% CI: 0.07 to 0.55, p = 0.011, d = 0.46), as well as a significant reduction in loneliness (95% CI: -0.34 to -0.08, p = 0.001, d = 0.61) compared to baseline, reflecting the effectiveness and positive residual effects of the ARTISAN intervention. Similarly, the qualitative findings provided support for the intervention and additional insights to the quantitative findings. This holistic intervention framework that integrates stories, arts and heritage for bridging and empowering lives fills a critical gap in knowledge and practice between the arts, health and citizenship, paving the way for further research in creating a more caring and inclusive society with the arts. Clinical Trials, identifier: NCT03048708.
ISSN: 1664-1078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.730709
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) 
Research Centres: Action Research for Community Health Laboratory
Rights: © 2021 Ho, Ma, Tan and Bajpai. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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