Creative writing in recovery from severe mental illness

King, Robert, Neilsen, Philip M., & White, Emma (2012) Creative writing in recovery from severe mental illness. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21(6).

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There is evidence that creative writing forms an important part of the recovery experience of people affected by severe mental illness. In this paper, we consider theoretical models that explain how creative writing might contribute to recovery, and we discuss the potential for creative writing in psychosocial rehabilitation. We argue that the rehabilitation benefits of creative writing might be optimized through focus on process and technique in writing, rather than content, and that consequently, the involvement of professional writers might be important. We describe a pilot workshop that deployed these principles and was well-received by participants. Finally, we make recommendations regarding the role of creative writing in psychosocial rehabilitation for people recovering from severe mental illness and suggest that the development of an evidence base regarding the effectiveness of creative writing is a priority.

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ID Code: 57092
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: creative writing, recovery, rehabilitation, severe mental illness
DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00891.x
ISSN: 1445-8330
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 2012 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2013 05:14
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2013 23:04

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