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What art therapists consider to be patients´ inner change and how it may appear during art therapy
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). Vuxenpsykiatriska mottagningen i Skövde, Skaraborg's Hospital, Skövde, Sweden & Skaraborg Institute for Research and Development, Skövde, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9497-2617
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). VID Specialized University, Bergen, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0017-5188
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4341-660X
Skaraborg Institute for Research and Development, Skövde, Sweden & Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: The arts in psychotherapy, ISSN 0197-4556, E-ISSN 1873-5878, Vol. 56, 45-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore what art therapists consider to be patients’ inner change and how it may appear during art therapy. Thirty-eight trained art therapists with experience of using art therapy as a treatment were included in the study. They were asked to describe how they perceived their patients’ inner change and a situation during art therapy when they observed such a change. An inductive thematic analysis resulted in five themes; Therapeutic alliance, describing trust of the therapist and belief in the method, Creating, which concerns the work in the therapeutic process, while Affect consciousness, Self-awareness, and Ego-strength are part of the therapy outcome. The situations in which an inner change can be observed have been presented by means of quotations and discussed in relation to different theories and art therapy research. The participating art therapists formed a heterogeneous group, resulting in an unexpected consistency about what they considered to be an inner change in the patient. The study may be seen as a contribution to further discussion about the benefits of a more common language to describe patients’ inner change in art therapy. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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Kidlington: Pergamon Press, 2017. Vol. 56, 45-52 p.
Keyword [en]
Art Therapists, Art Therapy, Inner change, Qualitative research
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Art History Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34671DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2017.07.005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85027506645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-34671DiVA: diva2:1128955
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Funding: FOU, Skaraborgs Hospital, Skövde, Sweden [VGSKAS-663501]; Skaraborgs Institute for Research and Development, Skövde, Sweden [09/1032]

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