Impact of creative workshops for people with severe mental illness: art as a means of recovery
Saavedra, Javier; Arias, S.; Crawford, Paul; Perez, Elvira
PAUL CRAWFORD firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor of Health Humanities
ELVIRA PEREZ VALLEJOS email@example.com
Associate Professor of Digital Technology and Mental Health
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|
|Journal||Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis (Routledge)|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|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|
|Keywords||Mental Health; Recovery; Visual Arts; Museum; Schizophrenia|
|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|
Impact of creative workshops for people with severe mental health problems: art as a means of recovery
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
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