Analysis Of Art And Recovery In Mental Health: A Qualitative Analysis
For the participants to be considered they must have had at least one year of experience in the program. The program is a “community arts program” providing a “supportive environment for recovery” that is conducted by an “artist in residence and an occupational therapist, for consumers with a mental illness” (Lloyd et al., 2007, pg. 208). If the participant met the requirements they were then approached by an artist-in-residence, who then explained the study to them. No more than the first eight to ten individuals who agreed to the study were interviewed. The sample size was small and the Girrebala arts program was the only site that subjects were recruited from. This site did fit the sampling need for this study, but a better sampling method may have proven to be more beneficial for this study. Although the sample was relatively small, the subjects were able to provide data that was relevant to the purpose of the study. Each of the subjects that were interviewed explained how this community arts program has given them hope, understanding, and meaning which has helped them through the recovery process with their mental illness …show more content…
Through triangulation rigor for this study was increased. All of the interviews were tape recorded and video recorded to increase the rigor in transcription of the interviews and the observation of what the interviewee was describing during the interview process. Field notes were also taken during and after the interview by the supervising psychiatrist and the primary researcher. This approach further increased the rigor of the study because multiple perspectives were gained on the observations of the interviews. The interviewers also discussed what they observed during the interview to reduce any misinterpretations. The researchers also made copies of the drafts “for participant and colleague checks for verification of accuracy” (Lloyd et al., 2007, pg. 209).
The strategy that was used to analyze data of this study was thematic data analysis. Through this process the researchers searched for themes in the data, after the themes were identified they were then named and produced in a report. The researchers found five major themes through the data collection and fifteen subthemes were also