The theatre as therapy for military veterans? Exploring the mechanisms which impact psychosocial well-being and social connections during theatre-based programmes

Wilson-Menzfeld, Gemma and Ackley, Jonathan (2021) The theatre as therapy for military veterans? Exploring the mechanisms which impact psychosocial well-being and social connections during theatre-based programmes. Arts and Health. ISSN 1753-3015 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2021.1979608

Abstract

Background: In many countries, performing arts and theatre practices are being employed with Armed Forces Communities. However, very little evidence exists outlining the psychosocial benefits of this practice. Therefore, this study aims to explore the perceived impact of theatre-based programmes on psychosocial well-being, and social connections, of U.K. Military Veterans.Methods: This qualitative study carried out semi-structured interviews with six military veterans who had participated in at least one theatre-based programme.Results: Four themes were generated from this study; providing a purpose, therapeutic storytelling, social connection, and the impact of the programme ending.Conclusions: This study provided unique insight into the benefits of theatre-based programmes on the psychosocial well-being of U.K. military veterans. The programmes were perceived as being beneficial for future employment opportunities, but the ending of these programmes was difficult for some and must be considered alongside provision.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Theatre as therapy, Military Veteran, well-being, social isolation, loneliness, transition
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L900 Others in Social studies
W400 Drama
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2021 09:41
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2021 14:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47073

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