Promoting young people’s mental health and well-being through participation in the arts: A mixed-methods service evaluation of the Zinc Arts ArtZone programme

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Wilson, C. and Sharpe, D. 2017. Promoting young people’s mental health and well-being through participation in the arts: A mixed-methods service evaluation of the Zinc Arts ArtZone programme. Journal of Applied Arts & Health. 8 (1), pp. 39-55. https://doi.org/10.1386/jaah.8.1.39_1
AuthorsWilson, C. and Sharpe, D.
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Arts-for-health initiatives are associated with improvements in mental health, wellbeing and social inclusion; however, research amongst young people is sparse. The aim of the study was to conduct a mixed-methods evaluation of a participatory arts programme for young people with, or at risk of, mental ill health. The Zinc Arts ArtZone programme involved working with individuals aged 11–25 in south-east England, engaging them in arts activities over ten-week courses in community and secure unit settings. 122 course participants completed pre/post measures of mental illness severity and well-being, and 34 participants took part in interviews and focus groups. Mental illness severity significantly decreased and mental well-being significantly increased. Participants reported social and emotional benefits including decreased social isolation and increased social inclusion and mental well-being. Participatory arts interventions may serve as a useful tool in tackling increasing mental ill health amongst young people.

JournalJournal of Applied Arts & Health
Journal citation8 (1), pp. 39-55
ISSN2040-2457
Year2017
PublisherIntellect
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/jaah.8.1.39_1
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1386/jaah.8.1.39_1
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Deposited06 Oct 2017
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