Arts and social capital

Department of Geography, University of Dundee.
Mental health today (Brighton, England) 07/2006;
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  • Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 07/2007; 14(4):335-7. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2007.01118_2.x · 0.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A narrative-discourse analysis was conducted to study the narratives of mental health service users talking about their engagement with art. The sample was drawn from a group of people who had attended arts workshops organized by a mental health service provider. Eleven people were interviewed and were asked to tell the story of their involvement in art and its significance to their lives. The data were analysed using a discourse analysis approach. Art is constructed as therapeutic within an illness repertoire. Emotions are inseparable from creative expression and identity claims are made in relation to being an artist.
    Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 01/2008; 14(8):783-90. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2007.01173.x · 0.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The arts and health evidence base needs to be grounded by common terminology and concepts from which original research and comparative studies can be developed. The aim of this study was to elucidate terminology central to understanding the arts and health causal pathway by defining arts engagement via art forms, activities and level (magnitude) of engagement. Method: The study design was cross-sectional. International experts (n=280) completed an online survey about the concept of arts engagement (response fraction 44%) to generate a list of art forms and activities. Responses were analysed using NVIVO. Participating experts then completed a second survey to rate activities by level of engagement (response fraction 57%). Ratings were analysed via descriptive statistics and factor analysis. Results: Arts engagement can be defined by five art forms (1.performing arts; 2.visual arts, design and craft; festivals, fairs and events; 4.literature; and, digital and electronic arts) and measured via 91 activities. ‘Active’ arts activities had higher levels of engagement than ‘passive’ activities. Conclusion: Study findings provide guidance about which art forms and activities should be included in population surveys and provide a measurement of exposure for use in studies investigating the relationship between arts engagement and health.
    Arts & Health 10/2012; 4(3):203. DOI:10.1080/17533015.2012.656201
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