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Creating doorways: Finding existential meaning and growth through the creative arts in the face of life-threatening illness

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Autor: Reilly, Rosemary C.
Lee, Virginia
Laux, Kate
Robitaille, Andréanne
Coordinador/Director: Saavedra Macías, Francisco Javier
Español Nogueiro, Alicia
Arias Sánchez, Samuel
Calderón García, Marina
Fecha: 2017
Publicado en: Creative practices for improving health and social inclusion. 5th International Health Humanities Conference, Sevilla 2016 (2017), p 279-289
ISBN/ISSN: 978-84-697-3582-4
Tipo de documento: Ponencia
Resumen: Life-threatening illness can be sufficiently traumatic to shatter one‘s beliefs about self, others, and the world. This disruption can trigger an instinctive search for meaning. Research highlights that how individuals respond post-adversity can make the difference between experiencing posttraumatic stress or posttraumatic growth (PTG) and existential growth (EG). This paper presents the findings of a pilot study situated in a tertiary care cancer centre and details the impact of creative arts therapy on the experiences of individuals living through breast cancer. Ten women were interviewed about their experiences making art, many for the first time. Emergent themes included: the significant benefits of art-making on their sense of self-efficacy; the emotionally enhancing nature of art-making; the power of their artwork to trigger insights (including subthemes of EG, PTG) or in communicating their experiences to loved ones; and how art-making changed their worldview and life philosoph...
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Cita: Reilly, R.C., Lee, V., Laux, K. y Robitaille, A. (2017). Creating doorways: Finding existential meaning and growth through the creative arts in the face of life-threatening illness. En Creative practices for improving health and social inclusion. 5th International Health Humanities Conference, Sevilla 2016 (279-289), Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla, Vicerrectorado de Investigación.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11441/65468

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