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Body Mapping in a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program: Eliciting New Identity and Experience

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posted on 12.09.2021, 22:14 by Sophia Macken, Sally Nathan, Michelle Jersky, Katherine M Boydell, Alexandra GibsonAlexandra Gibson
Arts-based approaches have not been widely used in the drug and alcohol treatment sector. In this study, we examined the utility of the arts-based method of Body Mapping in an Australian residential treatment centre. Two workshops were held to explore young people’s strengths and support networks in order to improve understandings of young people’s lives, identities and experiences of treatment. Semi-structured follow-up interviews were conducted and triangulated with observational notes and staff interviews. We identified four major themes: engaging through art; removing the mask; revealing strengths; and a sense of achievement. Overall, this study highlighted the value of Body Mapping as an approach to engage with young people, providing rich in-depth data about their lived experiences, including in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment context.

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Preferred citation

Macken, S., Nathan, S., Jersky, M., Boydell, K. M. & Gibson, A. (2021). Body Mapping in a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program: Eliciting New Identity and Experience. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(9), 4942-4942. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094942

Journal title

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

18

Issue

9

Publication date

01/05/2021

Pagination

4942-4942

Publisher

MDPI AG

Publication status

Published online

Online publication date

06/05/2021

ISSN

1661-7827

eISSN

1660-4601

Article number

ARTN 4942

Language

en