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Title: Turning to art as a positive way of living with cancer: A qualitative study of personal motives and contextual influences
Authors: Reynolds, F
Lim, KH
Keywords: Cancer;Leisure;Art;Creativity;Identity;Well-being
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Journal of Positive Psychology. 2 (1), 66-75
Abstract: Why do some women turn to creative art-making after a diagnosis of cancer? Eleven women provided qualitative accounts that were analyzed following guidelines for interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Some described taking up artistic leisure activities initially in order to manage emotional distress. Others emphasized their need for positive well-being, taking up art to experience achievement and satisfaction, to regain a positive identity, and to normalize family dynamics in the context of living with cancer. Participants’ turn to art-making was facilitated by biographical and contextual factors, including pre-existing craft skills, long-standing personal values and coping philosophies, family role models for managing adversity, and the supportive encouragement of family and friends. Other research has acknowledged that positive lifestyle change and post-traumatic growth can occur after a cancer diagnosis, and this study reveals a multi-faceted process. The findings suggest a need for further research into the experiences that facilitate positive lifestyle change and subjective well-being among people who are living with cancer.
ISSN: 1743-9760
Appears in Collections:Occupational Therapy
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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