AuthorWayman, Lisa M.
AdvisorKoithan, Mary S.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractChronic illness is endemic in the United States. Though people with chronic illnesses will not be cured, interventions can improve their well-being. Creating art as an intervention has been shown to assist people with chronic illnesses to improve well-being. Though creating art as a health promotion intervention is widespread it has not been well studied and the structure, process and outcomes of the intervention are not well understood. The purpose of this study was to identify and describe various key components of creating visual art as a healing intervention in the context of chronic illness. This study developed knowledge that will assist practitioners who use this complex intervention and researchers seeking to test its effectiveness in health promotion and healing in a chronically ill population. A qualitative descriptive design was used to explore art as a healing intervention. Photographs of art created by participants were observed, and participants were interviewed to collect data on the structure, process and outcomes of art as a healing intervention. The content and descriptive analysis of the data are used to describe the components of art as an intervention as well as the modifiers of the intervention process and the relationship of the components to each other to allow further research to be appropriately focused. Creating art is an intervention that works with a whole person to provide an opportunity for emergent change through disrupting old patterns, creating movement, and providing the opportunity for the participant to adopt new healthier patterns for living with chronic illness. Creating art does not have a predictable outcome, but rather has patient specific outcomes dependent on the patient's particular needs and individual self-organization. This study contributed to knowledge about creating art as a healing intervention by exploring various intervention components that must be explicated prior to development of program initiatives in practice and conducting systematic studies about the effectiveness of this intervention. The results of this study provide a foundation for a research career that both furthers the use of art as a healing intervention and further develops intervention theory to include complex evaluation methods.
Degree ProgramGraduate College