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A realist review of art therapy for clients with depression
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. ADULT. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. (AT-forskargrupp)
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. ADULT. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Fou Växjö.
Södra Älvsborgs sjukhus.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. ADULT. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3594-4805
2013 (English)In: The arts in psychotherapy, ISSN 0197-4556, E-ISSN 1873-5878, Vol. 40, no 3, 322-330 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Depression is a serious disease affecting an individual's entire life-situation, which can lead to great suffering and a reduced level of activity in everyday life. The aim of this study is to explore and describe how art therapy works regarding therapeutic factors, application, and circumstances for clients with depression. A systematic literature search of relevant databases was carried out to find articles concerning art therapy for depression, meeting criteria for reproducibility. This yielded 16 articles published in seven journals. The art therapy methods employed in each selected study were then examined and compared in order to understand the healing mechanism or mechanisms. These healing mechanisms are here termed “therapeutic factors”. The analysis resulted in eight therapeutic factors; self-exploration, self-expression, communication, understanding and explanation, integration, symbolic thinking, creativity, and sensory stimulation. No general conclusions could be drawn regarding circumstances, but the results indicate that art therapy can be performed successfully in a wide variety of clinical situations. The results were discussed in relation to International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) core sets for depression.

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Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 40, no 3, 322-330 p.
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Application, Circumstances, Creative activities, Intervention, Mental health, Therapeutic factors
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Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23428DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2013.05.009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-23428DiVA: diva2:695070
Available from: 2014-02-10 Created: 2014-02-10 Last updated: 2015-10-23Bibliographically approved

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