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Body Mapping in a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program: Eliciting New Identity and Experience

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School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, Sydney 2052, Australia
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Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, Sydney 2031, Australia
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Black Dog Institute, Sydney 2031, Australia
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School of Health, Victoria University of Wellington-Te Herenga Waka, 6012 Wellington, New Zealand
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4942; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094942
Received: 6 April 2021 / Revised: 29 April 2021 / Accepted: 30 April 2021 / Published: 6 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Qualitative Inquiry in Mental Health Research with Young People)
Arts-based approaches have not been widely used in the drug and alcohol treatment sector. In this study, we examined the utility of the arts-based method of Body Mapping in an Australian residential treatment centre. Two workshops were held to explore young people’s strengths and support networks in order to improve understandings of young people’s lives, identities and experiences of treatment. Semi-structured follow-up interviews were conducted and triangulated with observational notes and staff interviews. We identified four major themes: engaging through art; removing the mask; revealing strengths; and a sense of achievement. Overall, this study highlighted the value of Body Mapping as an approach to engage with young people, providing rich in-depth data about their lived experiences, including in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment context. View Full-Text
Keywords: Body Mapping; drug and alcohol residential treatment; arts-based methods Body Mapping; drug and alcohol residential treatment; arts-based methods
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Macken, S.; Nathan, S.; Jersky, M.; Boydell, K.M.; Gibson, A. Body Mapping in a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program: Eliciting New Identity and Experience. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4942. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094942

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Macken S, Nathan S, Jersky M, Boydell KM, Gibson A. Body Mapping in a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program: Eliciting New Identity and Experience. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(9):4942. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094942

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Macken, Sophia, Sally Nathan, Michelle Jersky, Katherine M. Boydell, and Alexandra Gibson. 2021. "Body Mapping in a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program: Eliciting New Identity and Experience" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 9: 4942. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094942

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