Creative writing: Literature review and evidence-based research

Neilsen, Philip M. (2015) Creative writing: Literature review and evidence-based research. In Neilsen, Philip, King, Robert, & Baker, Felicity (Eds.) Creative Arts in Counselling and Mental Health. SAGE Publications Inc, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 75-86.

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There is growing evidence, especially in the USA and UK, that creative writing can form an important part of the recovery experience of people affected by severe mental illness. In this chapter, I consider theoretical models that explain how creative writing might contribute to recovery, and discuss the potential for creative writing in psychosocial rehabilitation. It is argued that the rehabilitation benefits of creative writing might be optimized through focus on process and technique in writing, rather than expression or content alone, and that consequently, the involvement of professional writers might be important.

I will explore the recent history of theoretical frameworks and explanatory models that link creative writing and recovery, and examine such empirical evidence as is available on the contribution of creative writing to recovery from severe mental illness.

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ID Code: 93690
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: creative writing, narrative psychology, mental health, life writing
ISBN: 9781483302850
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Philip Neilsen
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2016 23:26
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2016 22:11

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