Mental health and arts participation: the state of the art in England

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10540/220175
Title:
Mental health and arts participation: the state of the art in England
Authors:
Hacking, Sue; Secker, Jenny; Kent, Lyn; Shenton, Jo; Spandler, Helen
Affiliation:
University of Central Lancashire; Anglia Ruskin University
Reference:
Hacking, S., et al., 2006. Mental health and arts participation: the state of the art in England. Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 126(3), pp.121-127.
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health
Issue Date:
May-2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10540/220175
DOI:
10.1177/1466424006064301
Additional Links:
http://rsh.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1466424006064301; http://rsh.sagepub.com/content/126/3/121.full.pdf+html
Abstract:
Although participation in arts activity is believed to have important mental health and social benefits for people with mental health needs, the evidence base is currently weak. This paper reports the first phase of a study intended to support the development of stronger evidence. Objectives for the first phase were to map current participatory arts activity, to identify appropriate indicators, and to develop measures for use in the second phase of the research. A survey of participatory arts projects for people with mental health needs aged 16 to 65 in England, identified via the Internet and relevant organisations, was carried out to map the scale and scope of activity and to establish the nature of current approaches to evaluation. The results indicate that the scope of activity, in terms of projects’ settings, referral sources, art forms and participation is impressively wide. In terms of scale, however, projects reported low funding and staffing levels that may have implications for the feasibility of routine evaluation in this field. Current approaches to evaluation were limited, but entailed considerable effort and ingenuity, suggesting that projects are keen to demonstrate their benefits. The survey has enabled us to build on the best evaluation practice identified to develop a measure for assessing the mental health, social inclusion and empowerment outcomes of arts participation for people with mental health needs. For the second phase of the study we will work with arts and mental health projects, using the measure alongside qualitative work in a realistic evaluation design, in order to identify the characteristics of effective projects.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
arts; social inclusion; mental health
ISSN:
1466-4240

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHacking, Sueen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSecker, Jennyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKent, Lynen_GB
dc.contributor.authorShenton, Joen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSpandler, Helenen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-24T09:31:06Z-
dc.date.available2012-04-24T09:31:06Z-
dc.date.issued2006-05-
dc.identifier.citationHacking, S., et al., 2006. Mental health and arts participation: the state of the art in England. Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 126(3), pp.121-127.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1466-4240-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1466424006064301-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10540/220175-
dc.description.abstractAlthough participation in arts activity is believed to have important mental health and social benefits for people with mental health needs, the evidence base is currently weak. This paper reports the first phase of a study intended to support the development of stronger evidence. Objectives for the first phase were to map current participatory arts activity, to identify appropriate indicators, and to develop measures for use in the second phase of the research. A survey of participatory arts projects for people with mental health needs aged 16 to 65 in England, identified via the Internet and relevant organisations, was carried out to map the scale and scope of activity and to establish the nature of current approaches to evaluation. The results indicate that the scope of activity, in terms of projects’ settings, referral sources, art forms and participation is impressively wide. In terms of scale, however, projects reported low funding and staffing levels that may have implications for the feasibility of routine evaluation in this field. Current approaches to evaluation were limited, but entailed considerable effort and ingenuity, suggesting that projects are keen to demonstrate their benefits. The survey has enabled us to build on the best evaluation practice identified to develop a measure for assessing the mental health, social inclusion and empowerment outcomes of arts participation for people with mental health needs. For the second phase of the study we will work with arts and mental health projects, using the measure alongside qualitative work in a realistic evaluation design, in order to identify the characteristics of effective projects.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://rsh.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1466424006064301en_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://rsh.sagepub.com/content/126/3/121.full.pdf+htmlen_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Healthen_GB
dc.subjectartsen_GB
dc.subjectsocial inclusionen_GB
dc.subjectmental healthen_GB
dc.titleMental health and arts participation: the state of the art in Englanden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Central Lancashireen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentAnglia Ruskin Universityen_GB
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Healthen_GB
All Items in ARRO are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.