The theatre as therapy for military veterans? Exploring the mechanisms which impact psychosocial well-being and social connections during theatre-based programmes

Jonathan Ackley, Gemma Wilson-Menzfeld*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background: In many countries, performing arts and theatre practices are being employed with Armed Forces Communities. However, very little evidence exists outlining the psychosocial benefits of this practice. Therefore, this study aims to explore the perceived impact of theatre-based programmes on psychosocial well-being, and social connections, of U.K. Military Veterans.
Methods: This qualitative study carried out semi-structured interviews with six military veterans who had participated in at least one theatre-based programme.
Results: Four themes were generated from this study; providing a purpose, therapeutic storytelling, social connection, and the impact of the programme ending.
Conclusions: This study provided unique insight into the benefits of theatre-based programmes on the psychosocial well-being of U.K. military veterans. The programmes were perceived as being beneficial for future employment opportunities, but the ending of these programmes was difficult for some and must be considered alongside provision.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArts and Health
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Sep 2021

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