The goal of this study is to verify the effect of the Person-centered Group Art Therapy Program on self-esteem, depression, anxiety and quality of life of the breast cancer patients. To achieve the goal, the Person-centered Group Art Therapy Program with 12 sessions was set up through a preliminary study. To examine the effect of the completed program, 20 breast cancer patients who were members of a self-help gathering at C University hospital and had been receiving basic treatments for less than 3 years since their diagnosis were selected. Then 10 people were placed in a regulation group, and the other 10 in a test group. Excluding respondents whose test papers were dropped, 15 were finally selected to be objects of the
study. The program had been carried out once a week, 120 minutes each time. To examine the effect of the program, RSES, BDI, BAI, QOL-CS were measured repeatedly, before, immediately after and 2 months later.
For quantitative analysis, Repeated Measure ANOVA, Major Effect Analysis, and Scheffe Multiple Analysis were used. To complement the quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis was carried out in word to word translated documents for the whole sessions. The result of this study was following; the Person-centered Group Art Therapy Program was effective in improving selfesteem, improving quality of life, decreasing depression, but it was not effective in decreasing anxiety of the breast cancer patients. The limitations of this study was the difficulty of generalization due to small number of study objects, and the possibility of bias because the questions were all in self-report method.
Key Words : Person-centered group art therapy, Breast cancer patient, Self-esteem, Depression, Anxiety, Quality of life