Arts, therapy, and health: Three stakeholder viewpoints related to young people’s mental health and wellbeing in Australia

Gwinner, Karleen (2016) Arts, therapy, and health: Three stakeholder viewpoints related to young people’s mental health and wellbeing in Australia. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 50, pp. 9-16.

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Abstract

What is the role of the arts in healthcare related to young people’s mental health and wellbeing? How do we understand the interconnections of art, therapy and health and describe the projected benefits for young people’s mental health and wellbeing? Responding to these questions, this paper describes a youth arts project and research. Three stakeholder viewpoints, the artists, health workers and young people, are examined to draw out explanations and understandings of art, therapy, and health related to young people’s mental health in an Australian context. A synthesis of arts and health methodologies were used, including thematic analysis of interviews with participants. This paper investigates the ways in which participant descriptions entwined and blurred ideas and possibilities of practice across the art, therapy and health nexus. These viewpoints add up to much more than each one can offer in singularity. They reveal expanded perspectives with which to consider scope of practice, discipline boundaries, and research gaps pertaining to the role of the arts in youth-specific mental health services.

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ID Code: 96016
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Art therapy, Arts and health, Community cultural development, Youth-specific mental health services, headspace
DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2016.05.016
ISSN: 0197-4556
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2016.05.016
Deposited On: 09 Jun 2016 22:17
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 16:32

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