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|Title||Participants’ perspectives on the social bonding and well-being effects of creative arts adult education classes|
Pearce E.; Participants’ perspectives on the social bonding and well-being effects of creative arts adult education classes ;Arts and Health vol:9 issue: 1 page:42.0
|Link to article|| https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84978151343&doi=10.1080%2f17533015.2016.1193550&partnerID=40&md5=37892362030255b77fce9e777e62fa6d
|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. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.|
Participants’ perspectives on the social bonding and well-being effects of creative arts adult education classes. This paper presents the qualitative results of a study that aimed to compare the effects of community-based creative arts adult education classes in singing creative writing and crafts over the course of months in order to explore whether musical and non-musical activities yield the same impact on learners social lives and well-being. Female years old singer Expanding local networks and bringing together diversity The classes also provided a means to create new connections and participants enjoyed recognizing people from their class in their local area: . This is illustrated especially well by the learner who started volunteering in her local school and the two participants who separately set up and led new classes but is more widely demonstrated by participants taking time for themselves and deciding to pursue activities that supported their personal sense of satisfaction and fulfilment. Limitations practical implications and future work Participants were aware that the research aimed to explore well-being and health effects and one might thus expect demand characteristics in responses to open questions: learners reporting benefits to please the researcher their tutor or the adult education provider.