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Creative media in the process of help and support at coping with eating disorders

Karmen Kragelj (2018) Creative media in the process of help and support at coping with eating disorders. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    Eating disorders are a widespread and complex phenomenon that negatively affects various areas of human activity and includes different risk factors. Eating disorders are mental disorders that do not basically concern food problems, but represent an external expression of deeper, unresolved distresses of individual. There are various forms of help for people with eating disorders, among which creative media can have an important role. Through them, individual comes in the contact with his thoughts and feelings in an indirect way. As different researches show, the use of creative media in the context of help and support for people with eating disorders has an important value and is a key complement to traditional forms of help, based on verbal expression. However, the results are mostly taken from foreign authors, while in Slovenia this topic is still quite unexplored. This was also the main reason that led me to explore selected topic. I made a qualitative research, which included four experts, working in the field of help and support for people with eating disorders and for this purpose using creative media. In the context of selected practices, I wanted to explore the basic guidelines that experts follow when using creative media and what influences the choice of creative media. I was also interested in the effects, advantages and cautions, perceived by professionals when using them. Through interviews, I came to the conclusion, that creative media are importantly complementing therapy or counseling. As some of the key guidelines, experts pointed out that more emphasis should be placed on the creative process, rather than on the aesthetic value of what is being generated in the process. They also emphasized that at their work they do not interpret and encourage participants a lot. The positive effects of the use of creative media were established, which include functioning of an individual as a whole, and mostly contribute to a better relationship with themselves and their bodies. The main advantages of using creative media are their nonthreatening approach, the possibility of nonverbal and indirect expression, their contribution to activating an individual and estabilishing communication. Only rare cautions, related to responses of experts, should be considered when working with a target group.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: art, art therapies, creative media, creative process, effects, benefits, cautions, eating disorders
    Number of Pages: 96
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
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    doc. dr. Jana Rapuš PavelMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11972681)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5040
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 07:42
    Last Modified: 12 Apr 2018 07:42
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5040

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