Arts-Based Research, Resilience and Well-being Across the Lifespan

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McKay, Loraine, Barton, Georgina, Sappa, Viviana and Garvis, Susanne (ed.) 2020. Arts-Based Research, Resilience and Well-being Across the Lifespan. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan.
Book Title

Arts-Based Research, Resilience and Well-being Across the Lifespan

Book CategoryEdited book
ERA Publisher ID2865
EditorsMcKay, Loraine, Barton, Georgina, Sappa, Viviana and Garvis, Susanne
Number of Pages351
Year2020
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783030260521
9783030260538
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26053-8
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-26053-8
Abstract

This book investigates how arts-based research methods can positively influence people’s resilience and well-being, particularly in constraining environments. Using examples from arts-based research methods in different contexts and from across the globe, the book brings together a diverse range of perspectives to understand how both resilience and well-being can be supported in a world that is rarely stress free.

Collectively they demonstrate how arts-based research methods can: provide agency through the foregrounding of participants’ voices; afford transformational learning opportunities; create opportunities for relationship building; support creativity and new ways of thinking; generate aspirations and hope; encourage forms of communication that expose ideas, emotions and feelings that previously might not have been known or known how to be expressed; and enhance reflection and reflexivity. The authors explore how art-based practices, such as clowning, collage, dramatisation, drawing, painting, role-play and sculpting, can be used to support the resilience and well-being of individuals and groups across the lifespan, and theorize how arts-based research methods can positively contribute to participants’ positive self-esteem, self-image and ability to cope with challenges and new circumstances. Academics, professional learning facilitators, higher education students, and anyone interested in resilience and well-being in the health and education sectors will find this an interesting and engaging text.

Keywordsresilience; well-being; arts-based research; health education; psychology of the lifespan; psychological stress; arts therapy; early childhood education; World Health Organization; refugee children; photography as therapy; mature student challenges; Autism Spectrum Disorder; bi-directional communication; creativity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390499. Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Education
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