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Using found poetry to illuminate the existential and posttraumatic growth of women with breast cancer engaging in art therapy

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Using found poetry to illuminate the existential and posttraumatic growth of women with breast cancer engaging in art therapy

Reilly, Rosemary C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7274-4488, Lee, Virginia, Laux, Katherine and Robitaille, Andréanne (2018) Using found poetry to illuminate the existential and posttraumatic growth of women with breast cancer engaging in art therapy. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 15 (2/3). pp. 196-217. ISSN 1478-0887

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2018.1429863

Abstract

Arts-based research (ABR) is a methodological genre, which adapts the tenets of the creative arts to make social science research accessible, evocative and engaging. It crosses the boundaries of both art and science, but has made few inroads within psychology. This paper describes a pilot project examining how art-making shaped the trajectories of women diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. Using ABR as a way of distilling the findings, we demonstrate how experiences of existential and posttraumatic growth can be understood more profoundly through found poetry. Found poems (interview excerpts reframed as poetry) offer a richer, more meaningful, and potent evocation of themes than traditional coding. Poetry permits the voice of the participant to be more clearly heard, and allows the reader to access deeper insights and understandings of the complexities of growth through adversity.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Reilly, Rosemary C. and Lee, Virginia and Laux, Katherine and Robitaille, Andréanne
Journal or Publication:Qualitative Research in Psychology
Corporate Authors:Cedars CanSupport, Montreal
Date:June 2018
Funders:
  • Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies, Concordia University
  • Réseau de recherche en interventions en sciences infirmières du Quebec
  • Fonds de recherche Santé
  • Cedars CanSupport, Montreal
  • McGill University Health Centre, Montreal
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1080/14780887.2018.1429863
Keywords:existential growth; posttraumatic growth; found poems; arts-based research; poetry; women; breast cancer; art therapy
ID Code:983941
Deposited By: ROSEMARY REILLY
Deposited On:11 Jun 2018 14:27
Last Modified:15 Feb 2019 01:00
Additional Information:The chapbook from this project can be found at https://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/982600/ in English and https://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/982602/ in French.

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