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

Publication Date: January 1992

Publisher: Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

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

Research Area: Culture and religion; Health

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.