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Title: ‘It’s like having a day of freedom, a day off from being ill’: Exploring the experiences of people living with mental health problems who attend a community-based arts project, using interpretative phenomenological analysis
Authors: Lawson, J
Reynolds, F
Bryant, W
Wilson, L
Keywords: Activity;Art;Creativity;Depression;Interpretative phenomenological analysis;Mental illness;Well-being
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Citation: Journal of Health Psychology, 19(6), 765 - 777, 2013
Abstract: To explore the psychosocial benefits of participating in a 2-year community arts project, eight people living with long-term mental health problems were interviewed. The project involved participants in selecting items of professional artwork, creating personal responses and curating a public exhibition. Interviews were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Participants experienced the arts project as improving self-worth, emancipating self from illness labels, offering a sense of belonging, enabling acquisition of valued skills and offering meaningful occupation and routines. Some regarded their developing creative skills as improving their self-management of mental health. However, some anticipated the project’s ending with anxiety.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2013 The Authors.
ISSN: 1359-1053
Appears in Collections:Occupational Therapy
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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