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The theatre as therapy for military veterans? Exploring the mechanisms which impact psychosocial well-being and social connections during theatre-based programmes

September, 2021
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This paper explores the potential psychosocial benefits of theatre-based programmes for military veterans, with emphasis on the impact on social connections and well-being.

Abstract

In many countries, performing arts and theatre practices are being employed with Armed Forces Communities. However, very little evidence exists outlining the psychosocial benefits of this practice. Therefore, this study aims to explore the perceived impact of theatre-based programmes on psychosocial well-being, and social connections, of U.K. Military Veterans. Four themes were generated from this study; providing a purpose, therapeutic storytelling, social connection, and the impact of the programme ending. This study provided unique insight into the benefits of theatre-based programmes on the psychosocial well-being of U.K. military veterans. The programmes were perceived as being beneficial for future employment opportunities, but the ending of these programmes was difficult for some and must be considered alongside provision.

Full Reference

G Wilson-Menzfeld & J Ackley (2021) The theatre as therapy for military veterans? Exploring the mechanisms which impact psychosocial well-being and social connections during theatre-based programmes, Arts & Health, DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2021.1979608.

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