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Qualitative content analysis in art psychotherapy research: concepts, procedures, and measures to reveal the latent meaning in pictures and the words attached to the pictures
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2013 (English)In: The arts in psychotherapy, ISSN 0197-4556, E-ISSN 1873-5878, Vol. 40, no 1, 101-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this methodological paper is to describe and apply qualitative content analysis to a psychodynamic art psychotherapy context, and to give an example of the procedures used to analyse pictures and words in one time-limited psychodynamic art psychotherapy session, here named PDT/Scribbling. The art method was used with a female patient. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyse one scribble with its amplification together with the patient's own clarifying words explaining the pictures. In addition, the words spoken before and after scribbling were analysed in order to capture the whole psychotherapeutic process. In the application we coded and categorised colours and elements of the scribbles and amplifications, which together with categories of the patient's own words before and after scribbling resulted in three sub-themes and an overarching theme: permitting herself to leave a victim position and take charge of her life. The conclusion of this methodological paper is that qualitative content analysis is a meaningful method for analysing pictures and words from psychodynamic art psychotherapy sessions, keeping the manifest messages and the latent meanings in the pictures intact.

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Pergamon-Elsevier Science , 2013. Vol. 40, no 1, 101-107 p.
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Amplifications, Patient, Qualitative content analysis, Scribbles, Time-limited psychodynamic art psychotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-68488DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2012.11.007ISI: 000316370600012OAI: diva2:618250
Available from: 2013-04-26 Created: 2013-04-22 Last updated: 2013-04-26Bibliographically approved

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