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Women’s experiences of change through art therapy

Holmqvist, Gärd Marie Louise; Jormfeldt, Henrika LU ; Larsson, Ingrid and Lundqvist, Cristina LU (2016) In Arts and Health
Abstract

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... (More)

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.

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Art therapy, change, Expressive Therapies Continuum [ETC], turning point
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Arts and Health
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Taylor & Francis
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1753-3015
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10.1080/17533015.2016.1225780
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  author       = {Holmqvist, Gärd Marie Louise and Jormfeldt, Henrika and Larsson, Ingrid and Lundqvist, Cristina},
  issn         = {1753-3015},
  keyword      = {Art therapy,change,Expressive Therapies Continuum [ETC],turning point},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {09},
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  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Arts and Health},
  title        = {Women’s experiences of change through art therapy},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2016.1225780},
  year         = {2016},
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