The role of arts activities in developing resilience and mental well-being in children and young people: a rapid review of the literature

Zarobe, Leyre and Bungay, Hilary (2017) The role of arts activities in developing resilience and mental well-being in children and young people: a rapid review of the literature. Perspectives in Public Health, 137 (6). pp. 337-347. ISSN 1757-9147

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913917712283

Abstract

Aims: This rapid review explores the role of arts activities in promoting the mental wellbeing and resilience of children and young people aged between 11 and 18 years. Methods: A systematic search of the literature was undertaken across eighteen databases, no date limit was set on publication. Search terms included a range of creative activities: music, dance, singing, drama and visual arts, these were combined with terms linked to aspects of mental health, emotional wellbeing, and resilience. Only studies related to activities that took place within community settings and those related to extracurricular activities based within schools were included. Results: Following application of inclusion and exclusion criteria, 8 papers were included in the review. The interventions used in the studies were diverse and the research was heterogeneous, therefore a narrative synthesis of the results was undertaken. The findings from the studies are considered in terms of the contribution the activities make to building resilience of children and young people. It was found that participating in arts activities can have a positive effect on, self-confidence, self-esteem, relationship building and a sense of belonging, qualities which have been associated with resilience and mental wellbeing. Conclusions: Although the research evidence is limited there is some support for providing structured group arts activities to help build resilience and contribute to positive mental wellbeing of children and young people.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: participatory arts, children, mental wellbeing, resilience
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Medical Science (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Hilary Bungay
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 10:50
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:10
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701901

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