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Participants’ perspectives on the social bonding and well-being effects of creative arts adult education classes

Pearce, E; (2017) Participants’ perspectives on the social bonding and well-being effects of creative arts adult education classes. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice , 9 (1) pp. 42-59. 10.1080/17533015.2016.1193550. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Evidence suggests that adult education classes have a positive impact on well-being, but whether this is true for all course activities is unknown. Methods: A UK adult education charity ran four singing classes, two craft classes and a creative writing class for the purpose of this study. Written responses to open questions about health, well-being and social lives were collected from participants at the end of the 7-month courses. Results: The classes enhanced well-being by improving mood and providing a sense of belonging. The classes helped participants develop self-confidence, create and strengthen relationships, and encouraged more active lives. Participants valued meeting people from their community and used these ties to access information about local opportunities. However, some participants reported negative experiences linked to unfavourable self–other comparison. Conclusions: These results highlight how regular adult education classes involving creativity can enhance well-being and help community integration regardless of the subject studied.

Type: Article
Title: Participants’ perspectives on the social bonding and well-being effects of creative arts adult education classes
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2016.1193550
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2016.1193550
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Self-efficacy, social capital, mental health
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070156
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