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The therapeutic effectiveness of creative activities on mental well-being: a systematic review of the literature

Leckey, Jill (2011) The therapeutic effectiveness of creative activities on mental well-being: a systematic review of the literature. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18 (6). pp. 501-509. ISSN 1351-0126

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      The aim of this paper was to investigate the literature to ascertain the effectiveness of
      creative activities on mental well-being within the mental health context. Creative
      activities have always been evident within the context of mental health and there is
      increasing recognition that the arts have an important role to play in improving the
      health and well-being of individuals. Medline, Cinahl and PsycINFO were searched
      utilizing the keywords art, therap, well-being and mental health. The arts council data
      base was accessed and the Department of Health review of Arts for Health Working
      Group. Eleven studies were appraised by one reviewer utilizing the Critical Appraisal
      Skills Programme tool. It was difficult to make comparisons of the papers accessed as
      a result of the majority of studies being evaluative in nature and untaken within local
      projects therefore lacking in generalization. The evidence suggests that creative activities
      can have a healing and protective effect on mental well-being. Their therapeutic
      effects promote relaxation, provide a means of self-expression, reduce blood pressure
      while boosting the immune system and reducing stress. However, the evidence to
      support these claims is weak and assumptions were made that lacked reliability and
      validity. Establishing the benefit of participating in creative arts is difficult because of
      a lack of consistency of a clear definition, but it is important to identify the potential
      of creative arts as a therapeutic and transformational tools and not an intervention for
      therapeutic diversion

      Item Type: Article
      Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
      R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Sara Taylor
      Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2011 15:18
      Last Modified: 17 Jan 2012 09:52


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