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Author Carney J.
Title Culture and mood disorders: The effect of abstraction in image, narrative and film on depression and anxiety

Carney J.; Culture and mood disorders: The effect of abstraction in image, narrative and film on depression and anxiety ;Medical Humanities vol:46 issue: 4.0 page:430.0

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Abstract Can cultural representations be used to therapeutic effect in the treatment of mood disorders like depression and anxiety? This article develops a theoretical framework that outlines how this might be achieved by way of mid-level cultural metrics that allow otherwise heterogeneous forms of representation to be grouped together. Its prediction is that abstract representations -as measured by Shannon entropy -will impact positively on anxiety, where concrete representations will positively impact on depression. The background to the prediction comes from construal level theory, a branch of social psychology that deals with the effects of abstraction on psychological distance; the types of cultural representations analysed include image, narrative and film. With a view to evaluating the hypothesis, the article surveys the empirical literature in art therapy, creative bibliotherapy and cinema therapy. © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2020. Re-use permitted under CC BY. Published by BMJ.


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