The experience and significance of sharing creative writing associated with times of personal difficulty

Maris, Jennifer H.E. (2013) The experience and significance of sharing creative writing associated with times of personal difficulty. D.Clin.Psychol. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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There is limited research concerning the sharing of writing associated with times of personal difficulty. This study aimed to explore the experience and significance of this process with a focus on the interpersonal factors involved and how the potential benefits could be conceptualised. Eight participants were recruited through purposive sampling and interviewed regarding their experiences. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse the transcripts. Four superordinate themes of ‘Putting the self into the world’; ‘Taking ownership of the process’; ‘Making connections with others’; and ‘Moving beyond surviving to thriving’ were interpreted from the data. Interpersonal factors were of great significance and were discussed in connection with a range of theorists including those from fields of psychoanalysis, phenomenology and humanism. The overall findings were conceptualised through identified links with Ryff’s (1989) multidimensional model of well-being. The findings suggest that the sharing of creative writing associated with times of personal difficulty may be a valuable activity in promoting well-being in both clinical and non-clinical populations. It may be particularly helpful for people who have experienced, or are at risk of social isolation given the experiences that first led the participants to creative writing, and the centrality of ‘connection within others’ within their accounts.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), Well-being, Creative writing, Therapeutic writing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0101 Authorship
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy > RC0489 Arts therapy
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 13:51
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 17:57

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