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Women’s experiences of change through art therapy
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9497-2617
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9753-0988
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4341-660X
Skaraborgsinstitutet för utveckling och forskning i Skövde, Skövde, Sverige.
2016 (English)In: Arts and Health, ISSN 1753-3015, E-ISSN 1753-3023Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Background:

Art therapy is based on the conception that image making in a therapeutic context may facilitate processes of change.

Methods:

A semi-structured interview with focus on the image was conducted with 17 women in order to explore change, after which a qualitative content analysis was performed.

Results:

The women experienced internal change as a sudden, unexpected turning point or as a more gradual process, although some reported no internal change whatsoever. Five themes reflecting the women’s experiences of what was important for internal change emerged: Trust in the therapist, Belief in the method, Creative impulse, Meaning of the image and The art therapy process.

Conclusions:

Art therapy may contribute to change in the sense of moving from an inadequate to a healthier state. Even when art therapy does not lead to internal change it may be supportive and provide short-term help in everyday life.

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Art Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32081DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2016.1225780Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84988568908OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-32081DiVA: diva2:974294
Available from: 2016-09-26 Created: 2016-09-26 Last updated: 2017-02-06

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