Poetry therapy in practice: identifying the mechanisms of poetry therapy and other percieved effects on participants

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Alfrey, A. 2020. Poetry therapy in practice: identifying the mechanisms of poetry therapy and other percieved effects on participants. Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Salomons Institute of Applied Psychology
AuthorsAlfrey, A.
Qualification nameDoctor of Clinical Psychology
Abstract

Background - Poetry therapy is a promising but heterogeneous and under-evidenced form of creative art therapy. Theories of change have been proffered but are modelspecific and poorly evidenced in the empirical literature.

Aims – To systematically retrieve, review, and synthesise empirical literature exploring mechanisms of pan-theoretical poetry therapy, providing a united understanding of how poetry therapy operates to guide future research and practice.

Methods – A systematic search of six databases yielded 161 papers. Fourteen met the inclusion criteria, spanning individual and group approaches. Mechanisms and effects were extracted and synthesised into a governing framework and logic model. Stakeholder consultation was used to validate results.

Results – 25 primary mechanisms and 54 associated effects were identified. These were synthesised into logic model characterised by five core processes: Engaging, Feeling, Exploring, Connecting, and Transferring (“EFECT”). These processes were associated with multifarious benefits, impacting cognitive, emotional and behavioural domains.

Conclusions – The mechanisms and effects of poetry therapy can be understood via the EFECT model. This should now be tested empirically. The model can then be used to guide a united, rigorous research programme, helping to bring poetry therapy into evidence-based policy and practice.

KeywordsPoetry therapy; Logic; Model; Mecahnism; Effect
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