Background:This mixed methods review synthesizes the evidence of acceptability, effectiveness and gender-responsiveness of participatory arts interventions (PAIs) in promoting mental health and wellbeing among adults. Methods: The search was restricted to empirical studies of PAIs that reported on outcomes relating to common mental health problems and wellbeing among adults aged ≥18 years old. The mixed methods appraisal tool was used for quality appraisal. A narrative synthesis was conducted. Results:Thirty-two studies were included (1,058 participants). Typical PAI features are discussed. The evidence for effectiveness is limited by methodological issues. PAIs are perceived to benefit mental health via improved connectedness; emotional regulation; meaning-making & re-defining identity; and personal growth & empowerment. Conclusion: The review highlights the dearth of studies focused on men. Research standards to establish the evidence of effectiveness and the need to expand the evidence of acceptability beyond the “perceived effectiveness” domain are discussed.
|Journal||Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice|
|Early online date||04 Mar 2021|
|Publication status||Early online date - 04 Mar 2021|
- Mental Health
- Participatory arts
- Systematic Review
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts
- Health(social science)
- Psychiatry and Mental health
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Development of a participatory arts intervention to promote mental health and wellbeing among men ‘at risk’ of suicideAuthor: O'Donnell, S., Jul 2021
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of PhilosophyFile