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Impact of creative workshops for people with severe mental illness: art as a means of recovery

Saavedra, Javier; Arias, S.; Crawford, Paul; Perez, Elvira

Authors

Javier Saavedra

S. Arias

PAUL CRAWFORD paul.crawford@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Health Humanities



Abstract

Background: In line with recovery theories, psychosocial programs for people diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI) should focus more on wellbeing and social connectivity outcomes rather than clinical symptoms. This paper assesses the impact of creative workshops participation on the psychological wellbeing, social connectivity and subjective experience of people diagnosed with SMI.
Method: After participating in a creative workshop in a museum, 19 people, including service users, keyworkers, the art facilitator and a psychologist were interviewed. Four observers participated in the workshop and provided information about the creative process by means of a discussion group. Data was analysed in accordance with thematic analysis methodology and triangulated in order to obtain reliability.
Results: Five essential categories were identified: learning process, social connection, psychological wellbeing, institutional change and mutual recovery.
Conclusions: Creative activities may cause a transformation of the image of dysfunction associated with mental illness as well as promoting health and recovery.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2018
Journal Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice
Print ISSN 1753-3015
Electronic ISSN 1753-3023
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 241-256
APA6 Citation Saavedra, J., Arias, S., Crawford, P., & Perez, E. (2018). Impact of creative workshops for people with severe mental illness: art as a means of recovery. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 10(3), 241-256. doi:10.1080/17533015.2017.1381130
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2017.1381130
Keywords Mental Health; Recovery; Visual Arts; Museum; Schizophrenia
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17533015.2017.1381130
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice on 9 October 2017 available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/17533015.2017.1381130

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