An exploratory study on art-facilitated psychosocial intervention for stroke patients

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An exploratory study on art-facilitated psychosocial intervention for stroke patients


Author: Chan, Wing-han
Title: An exploratory study on art-facilitated psychosocial intervention for stroke patients
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2008
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Cerebrovascular disease -- Patients -- Rehabilitation.
Cerebrovascular disease -- Patients -- Psychology.
Department: School of Nursing
Pages: xii, 135 leaves : col. ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
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Abstract: Stroke can cause major disruptions to a person's life. Stroke survivors have to live within their limitations and to stretch that potential as much as possible in order to live a meaningful life. Stroke rehabilitation is a complex package including therapies / interventions aiming for physical functioning gain, mood modifications and psychosocial recovery. In the recent years, the values of leisure, particularly creative art-based activity in psychosocial rehabilitation have been gradually recognized in Western populations. However, such modality is relatively new for most stroke patients in Hong Kong, therefore warrant systematic investigation. Study aim: This study aimed to examine stroke participants' experiences in and perceptions towards the Creative Art Workshop which is an art-facilitated psychosocial intervention designed for stroke patients in Hong Kong. Method: This study adopted a qualitative descriptive design. Participants were recruited by convenience sampling. An 8-session Creative Art Workshop was developed specific to stroke patients. Data were collected by field observations (conducted during the Workshop) and semi-structured interviews (conducted within 2 weeks after the completion of the Workshop). Content analysis at the manifest level was performed. Findings: Sixteen stroke participants completed this study. Findings from field observations revealed participants' experience during the art-making process in 4 aspects: (1) positive mood change, (2) increased social interaction among group members, (3) ability to put ideas, thoughts and feelings into tangible form and (4) ability to use compensatory techniques to deal with their deficits. From the semi-structured interviews, four main categories were derived from the interview data, namely, positive experience during the art-making process; challenges encountered, new insight / perception about self and wisdom learned from the process. Conclusion: From the participants' view, engaging in creative art making not only could strengthen self-expression, cognitive ability and creativity, but was also an empowerment process that strengthen self-esteem, social skills with others as well as perception of inner strengths to live a life with stroke. Experience from stroke participants suggests that art-facilitated psychosocial intervention are acceptable and applicable to the local culture.

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