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Experiences on Participation in Literary Activities: Intellectual Stimuli Empower People with Mental Health Problems
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7959-606X
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0555-2683
2017 (English)In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, no 7, p. 1307-1323Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Some research acknowledges engagement in creative and literary activities as constructively impacting rehabilitation and recovery. Nevertheless, there is a deficit of literature describing experiences of participation in literary activities. This study examined how members of a non-profit association for mental health, with experiences of mental problems or illnesses, experienced group-based literary activities facilitated of a bi-disciplinary research team during one semester. This study held a constructive/naturalistic design and used a qualitative methodology with a latent analysis to describe how participants experienced literary activities (creative writing, reading and conversations about published and own written poetry and prose texts). Both individual and focus-group interviews were performed early 2014. Despite previous negative experiences, the findings showed that the participants perceived the literary activities empowering. Four categories were created: Presumptions of personal literacy, leadership role, participants’ role, and literacy development. These were abstracted and interpreted into three themes: Identifying a reading and writing self-image, challenging and redefining one’s reading and writing identity, and strengthening one’s intellectual and humanistic capacity. Literary activities seemed to positively change the participants’ attitudes towards writing and reading, and also enhanced their literacy skills. We argue that literacy skills are interconnected with health literacy. Involvement of literary activities into rehabilitation in mental health practice may be beneficial for some groups, and merits further studies.

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2017. no 7, p. 1307-1323
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Alternative Interventions, Literary Activities, Mental Health Promotion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32439DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2017.711094OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-32439DiVA, id: diva2:1165604
Available from: 2017-12-13 Created: 2017-12-13 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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