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dc.contributor.authorØrjasæter, Kristin Berre
dc.contributor.authorStickley, Theodore
dc.contributor.authorHedlund, Marianne
dc.contributor.authorNess, Ottar
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. 2017, 12 .nb_NO
dc.description.abstractBackground: There is a growing understanding that mental health problems and prolonged contact with mental healthcare systems can affect people’s identities. Working with identity is an important element in mental health recovery. Purpose: In this article, we explore the significance of participation in a music and theatre workshop in terms of people`s experiences of identity. Design and methods: This is a qualitative study based on a hermeneutical phenomenological epistemology. Data were collected from in-depth interviews with 11 participants at a music and theater workshop, analysed through a narrative analysis and presented in an ideographical “long” narrative form. The music and theater workshop is not overtly therapeutic although the activity takes place in a Norwegian mental health hospital for adults living with long-term mental health problems. Results: We identified three crosscutting themes: (1) becoming a whole person, (2) being allowed to hold multiple identities and (3) exploring diverse perspectives. Conclusion: Findings show that participation in the music and theatre workshop transformed the participants’ experiences of identity on two levels: individually and collectively. The participants developed a broader picture of themselves through their creative work with others. When they developed new identities, the narratives of themselves expanded.nb_NO
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisnb_NO
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleTransforming identity through participation in music and theatre: exploring narratives of people with mental health problemsnb_NO
dc.typeJournal articlenb_NO
dc.typePeer reviewednb_NO
dc.source.journalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-beingnb_NO
dc.description.localcode© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (
cristin.unitnameFakultet for medisin og helsevitenskap
cristin.unitnameInstitutt for sosialt arbeid
cristin.unitnameInstitutt for pedagogikk og livslang læring

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