Co-creativity, well-being and agency: A case study analysis of a co-creative arts group for people with dementia

Zeilig, Hannah, Tischler, Victoria, van der Byl Williams, Millie, West, Julian and Strohmaier, Sarah (2019) Co-creativity, well-being and agency: A case study analysis of a co-creative arts group for people with dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 49. pp. 16-24. ISSN 0890-4065

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At the heart of this paper is an exploration of artistic co-creativity involving people with dementia and their partners. Co-creativity promotes a relational approach to creativity which nurtures inclusion and participation. This paper investigates how co-creativity can affect well-being from the perspectives of people with dementia and their carers; and explores how well-being and agency might be usefully reconsidered. The article draws on findings from a small-scale study ‘With All’ that focused on music and dance as non-verbal and therefore inclusive artforms. A range of disciplinary perspectives, from psychology, philosophy and social sciences, inform the study. The research used an intrinsic case-study methodology and within this a mixed-methods approach was adopted. This included dialogic interviews, video data analysis and the Canterbury Well-being Scale (CWS). Thematic analysis of the interviews and video data revealed three key themes: autonomy, connections, and art as an enabler. These themes captured the experiences of the participants and facilitated a more nuanced understanding of wellbeing and agency in the context of living with dementia. The analysis of the CWS indicated some improvements in well-being. Following this analysis using multiple data sources, the paper argues that well-being and agency are best understood as relational, and ongoing, rather than completed states. Further both wellbeing and agency contain their opposites (ill-being and passivity). This innovative exploration highlighted the importance of co-creative collaboration as a method that was considered valuable by participants, and that therefore should be further considered in future research with people living with dementia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency,arts,co-creativity,dementia,well-being,issues, ethics and legal aspects,health policy,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2900/2910
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2020 00:06
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2023 02:26
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2019.03.002


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