Kaptein, AA, Hughes, BM, Murray, MP and Smyth, JM (2018) Start making sense: Art informing health psychology. Health Psychology Open, 5 (1). ISSN 2055-1029

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Growing evidence suggests that the arts may be useful in health care and in the training of health care professionals. Four art genres - novels, films, paintings and music - are examined for their potential contribution to enhancing patient health and/or making better health care providers. Based on a narrative literature review, we examine the effects of passive (e.g. reading, watching, viewing and listening) and active (e.g. writing, producing, painting and performing) exposure to the four art genres, by both patients and health care providers. Overall, an emerging body of empirical evidence indicates positive effects on psychological and physiological outcome measures in patients and some benefits to medical training. Expressive writing/emotional disclosure, psychoneuroimmunology, Theory of Mind and the Common Sense Model of Self-Regulation are considered as possible theoretical frameworks to help incorporate art genres as sources of inspiration for the further development of health psychology research and clinical applications.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the final published version of the article (version of record). It first appeared online via Sage Publications at https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2055102918760042 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: art, films, music, narrative health psychology, narrative review, novels, paintings
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 09:56
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2019 10:38
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4560

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