Griffiths, S. and Corr, S. (2007) The use of creative activities with people with mental health problems – a survey of occupational therapists. British Journal of Occupational Therapy.70(3), pp. 107-114. 1477-6006.
Creative activities have been used by occupational therapists with people with mental health problems, but limited research has been published about their scope and utility. A cross-sectional survey of occupational therapists was conducted to establish how creative activities were being used for purposes other than psychodynamic therapy. Of the 66 respondents, 54 (82%) reported using creative activities, with the majority doing so at least once a week. Diverse activities were identified as being used. The inherent nature of creative activities, their ability to meet specific needs and assist with achieving diverse objectives and their usefulness in both 1:1 and group situations were reasons why these activities were being used by occupational therapists. This research adds to the understanding of the value that occupational therapists place on creative activities in intervention. It will inform further research, including establishing service users’ views and exploring the effectiveness of the use of such activities