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Art Style Preferences of Nursing Home Residents: Research Findings and Implications

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Publication Date: January 1992

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Rosa M. Garrett; Martin Sundel

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 68:3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Arts and arts policy)
Health (Hospitals and other health care facilities)

Keywords: Elderly; Art; Social Services

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This study investigated art style preferences of cognitively impaired and cognitively nonimpaired residents of a Jewish nursing home. A slide test was used to determine subject preferences among four art styles. Both groups preferred realistic over abstract art. The findings suggest that realistic art is the most appropriate art style for Jewish nursing home environments if resident preferences are considered.