Art therapy for women with breast cancer: the therapeutic concequences of boundary strenghtening
2007 (English)In: The arts in psychotherapy, ISSN 0197-4556, E-ISSN 1873-5878, Vol. 34, no 3, 277-288 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Between 2001 and 2004, 42 women with breast cancer (20 women in the study group and 22 women in the control group) participated in an intervention study involving art therapy. This article elaborates on previous quantitative results, taking a discursive approach and drawing on gender theories in analyzing the women's use of interpretative repertoires in interviews and diaries and their answers on single items of the Coping Resources Inventory (CRI). The aim was to inquire into whether and, if so, how and with what consequences women with breast cancer who participated in art therapy improved their access to beneficial cultural interpretative repertoires, compared to a control group. The results showed a connection between participation in art therapy, talking about protecting one's own boundaries, and scoring higher on the CRI compared to the control group. There was also a connection between the control group, repertoire conflicts, and lower scores on the CRI. Our interpretation is that art therapy became a tool the women could use to distinguish cultural understandings about boundaries and, through image making and reflections, to give higher legitimacy to their own interpretations and experience.
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Fayetteville, N.Y.: Ankho international , 2007. Vol. 34, no 3, 277-288 p.
art therapy, breast cancer, coping, discourse, gender, narrative
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2759DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2007.04.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-2759DiVA: diva2:141022