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Author Kabel A., Teti M., Zhang N.
Title The art of resilience: photo-stories of inspiration and strength among people with HIV/AIDS
Kabel A., Teti M., Zhang N.; The art of resilience: photo-stories of inspiration and strength among people with HIV/AIDS ;Visual Studies vol:31 issue: 3 page:221.0

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Abstract Using the visual arts to aid healing is a common therapy for people with critical illness, yet the use of art to improve the lives of people with HIV is under-utilised. Eight male and 20 female participants living with HIV in urban areas of the Midwest, United States, participated in three group photovoice photo-sharing and discussion sessions, post-project individual interviews and a community photo exhibit. We used a grounded theory approach to analyse interview data and identified three key themes: (1) health and wellness, (2) fear and stigma and (3) restoring a threatened identity. Participants identified how taking photos, reflecting on and sharing them in focus groups helped them express themselves while living with and coping with HIV. Offering photography as form of expression is a way to foster strength and, consequently, improve the lives of people living with HIV. Our participants benefitted from the process of telling their story with images. They were able to express positive aspects of their lives which could be a healthy form of catharsis in and of itself. Future research should continue to investigate how participants in participatory approaches like photovoice actually do benefit from the research. Although we focused this analysis on resilience, photovoice is flexible and participants’ responses to it are varied. Additional outcomes such as impact on mental and physical health are worthy of additional exploration. © 2016 International Visual Sociology Association.



The art of resilience: photo-stories of inspiration and strength among people with HIV/AIDS. uk Received January ; Accepted April Decision Editor: Rachel Pruchno PhD Abstract Purpose of the Study: Although a number of existing reviews document the health and social benefits of arts participation by older people there are none which focus specifically on theater and drama. In Australia the Stories of Ageing project with community-dwelling older women affirms that participants valued the opportunity for reflection challenge and being taken seriously and the experience was also transformative in helping them to think more positively about themselves: findings ech- oed in the evaluation of The Penelope Project which took place in a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Wisconsin United States. Other studies in both the United States and in the UK report some similar findings: Yuen Mueller Mayor and Azuero found that participants in the Seasoned Arts At the Samford for You program showed improvement in psychological well-being and health- related quality of life most notably in the physical health component of the -item Short-Form Health Survey. Esthetic Value and Quality of Older Peoples Drama Arts participation also has esthetic elements although to date very little of the research discussed in our review focuses on the esthetic quality of older peoples drama or what it feels like to have an esthetic experience.

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