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Title: Visual art-making as a resource for living positively with arthritis: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of older women’s accounts
Authors: Reynolds, F
Vivat, B
Prior, S
Keywords: Arthritis;Art-making;Older women;Coping resource;Interpretative phenomenological analysis
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Aging Studies, 25(3), 328 - 337, 2011
Abstract: This study explored whether and how visual art-making, as a leisure activity, provided a coping resource for older women affected by arthritis. Twelve older women (aged 62–81) were interviewed. They had lived with arthritis for many years, and engaged in arts and crafts regularly. Transcripts were explored through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Three main themes were identified. Firstly, most participants experienced art-making as a powerful means of controlling arthritis pain, through deep concentration, and through use of color and imagery. Secondly, participants experienced art-making as encouraging sustained attention to the outside world, offering psychological escape from the confines of the body and home. Thirdly, art-making protected and promoted identity, for example, through integrating current and former selves, enabling participants to express and re-experience certain valued memories, and engage in personal development. Some participants felt able to celebrate positive difference from others, on the basis of their art rather than their illness.
Description: This is the post-print version of the final paper published in Journal of Aging Studies. The published article is available from the link below. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. Copyright @ 2010 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0890-4065
Appears in Collections:Occupational Therapy
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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