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Behav. Sci. 2018, 8(4), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs8040041

The Aesthetic Turn in Mental Health: Reflections on an Explorative Study into Practices in the Arts Therapies

Master of Arts Therapies Programme, Codarts University of the Arts, Kruisplein 26, 3012 CC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Received: 14 March 2018 / Revised: 10 April 2018 / Accepted: 19 April 2018 / Published: 23 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Embodied Aesthetics and Interpersonal Resonance)
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The paper will draw on materials from arts therapies literature and comments from experts’ panels to discuss some specific characteristics of the arts therapies and to investigate the role of aesthetic engagement for resilience and mental well-being. The arts increasingly find their way as interventions in mental health domains. However, explorations into the specific mechanisms that underpin the therapeutic effect of arts-based activities are still scarce. Qualitative data were collected from a thematic literature review and expert comments on meaningful working procedures in arts therapies. Analysis of multiple data sources revealed core themes and core procedures that occur across arts therapy modalities. This paper presents a practice informed model of arts-based methods in mental health that may serve as a conceptual frame of reference for arts therapists and as study material on the applicability of arts therapy interventions for specific mental health settings. View Full-Text
Keywords: arts therapies; dance therapy; music therapy; aesthetics; mental health arts therapies; dance therapy; music therapy; aesthetics; mental health
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