Creative process helps women cope with cancer

A qualitative study in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy (June 2006 69/6) looked at the creative process experienced by women who regularly made creative artworks, in particular, how their experience of ‘flow’ helped them to cope with cancer.  They found benefits including: the challenge of creative  artwork; feeling of mastery and control; immersion and deep concentration;  an altered sense of time; improved confidence; sense of achievement; ability to block out worries about illness; more positive self-image; heightened satisfaction with daily life; ‘vital engagement’. The researchers say that the study has specific relevance to occupational therapists working with clients who have life-threatening illnesses.

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Originally posted: September 24th, 2010


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