Promoting young people’s mental health and wellbeing through participation in the arts: A mixed-methods service evaluation of the Zinc Arts ArtZone programme

Wilson, Ceri and Sharpe, Darren (2017) Promoting young people’s mental health and wellbeing through participation in the arts: A mixed-methods service evaluation of the Zinc Arts ArtZone programme. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 8 (1). pp. 39-55. ISSN 2040-2465

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1386/jaah.8.1.39_1

Abstract

Arts-for-health initiatives are associated with improvements in mental health, wellbeing and social inclusion; however, research amongst young people is sparse. The aim of the study was to conduct a mixed-methods evaluation of a participatory arts programme for young people with, or at risk of, mental ill health. The Zinc Arts ArtZone programme involved working with individuals aged 11-25 in South East England, engaging them in arts activities over ten-week courses in community and secure unit settings. 122 course participants completed pre/post measures of mental illness severity and wellbeing, and 34 participants took part in interviews and focus groups. Mental illness severity significantly decreased and mental wellbeing significantly increased. Participants reported social and emotional benefits including decreased social isolation and increased social inclusion and mental wellbeing. Participatory arts interventions may serve as a useful tool in tackling increasing mental ill health amongst young people.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: arts participation, mental health, mental wellbeing, participatory arts, social inclusion, young people
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 16:07
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 10:56
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701580

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