On SAGE Insight: The role of arts activities in developing resilience and mental wellbeing in children and young people

Article title: Th e role of arts activities in developing resilience and mental wellbeing in children and young people a rapid review of the literature

From Perspectives in Public Health

This paper exploring the effects of participating in creative activities on the health and wellbeing of children and young people found that increased self-esteem, sense of achievement, empowerment, social skills and promotion of social engagement are some of the commonly reported benefits of taking part in such activities. Eight papers were included in this review. The findings from the studies are considered in terms of the contribution the activities make to building resilience of children and young people.

 

 

 

Abstract

Aims:

This rapid review explores the role of arts activities in promoting the mental wellbeing and resilience of children and young people aged between 11 and 18 years.

Methods:

A systematic search of the literature was undertaken across 18 databases; no date limit was set on publication. Search terms included a range of creative activities: music, dance, singing, drama and visual arts; these were combined with terms linked to aspects of mental health, emotional wellbeing and resilience. Only studies related to activities that took place within community settings and those related to extracurricular activities based within schools were included.

Results:

Following the application of inclusion and exclusion criteria, eight papers were included in the review. The interventions used in the studies were diverse and the research was heterogeneous; therefore, narrative synthesis of the results was conducted. The findings from the studies are considered in terms of the contribution the activities make to building resilience of children and young people. It was found that participating in arts activities can have a positive effect on self-confidence, self-esteem, relationship building and a sense of belonging, qualities which have been associated with resilience and mental wellbeing.

Conclusions

Although the research evidence is limited, there is some support for providing structured group arts activities to help build resilience and contribute to positive mental wellbeing of children and young people.

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Article details
The role of arts activities in developing resilience and mental wellbeing in children and young people a rapid review of the literature
Leyre Zarobe, Hilary Bungay
First Published June 14, 2017
Perspectives in Public Health
DOI: 10.1177/1757913917712283

 

     
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