New roles for art galleries: art-viewing as a community intervention for family carers of people with mental health problems

Roberts, S., Camic, Paul M. and Springham, N. (2011) New roles for art galleries: art-viewing as a community intervention for family carers of people with mental health problems. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 3 (2). pp. 146-159. ISSN 1753-3015.

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to understand the psychological and social aspects of how art-viewing, in a public art gallery, could be used as an activity to support family carers of people with mental health problems. Methods: Using grounded theory methodology, interviews from eight carer-participants and two facilitator-participants were analysed, along with podcasts created from audio-recordings of the gallery sessions. Results: Art-viewing was conceptualised as an experience that engaged carers on emotional, aesthetic and educational levels. Psychological processes such as mentalising, reflexivity and externalising were identified in the responses stimulated by art-viewing. Conclusions: The findings suggest that art-viewing in a group within a gallery setting has the potential to be used more widely as a community-based, low-cost and nonclinical activity to provide social and psychological support for carers of people with mental-health problems.
Keywords: carers; caregivers; art gallery; mental health; grounded theory

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics > BH0001 Aesthetics (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics > BH0001 Aesthetics (General) > BH0301 Special topics
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Users 130 not found.
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2012 13:25
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2015 10:09
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/10446

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