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Is poetry therapy an appropriate intervention for clients recovering from anorexia? A critical review of the literature and client report

Ramsey-Wade, Christine; Devine, Ellen

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Ellen Devine



Abstract

© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Poetry therapy is an arts-based psychotherapeutic intervention, often delivered in groups. This paper argues that the process and benefits of poetry therapy may be particularly suited to clients recovering from anorexia, as an adjunct to other treatments. Poetry therapy and its history are described briefly, and the relevance of poetry therapy for clients recovering from anorexia is outlined. After one client contributes her experience of this treatment for illustration, the paper offers a review of the evidence base for poetry therapy for eating disorders, and argues that, while research is limited, further research is warranted. Finally, a description of one form of clinical application is offered, to enable replication.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 4, 2018
Journal British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Print ISSN 0306-9885
Electronic ISSN 1469-3534
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 3
Pages 282-292
APA6 Citation Ramsey-Wade, C. E., Ramsey-Wade, C., & Devine, E. (2018). Is poetry therapy an appropriate intervention for clients recovering from anorexia? A critical review of the literature and client report. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 46(3), 282-292. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2017.1379595
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2017.1379595
Keywords poetry therapy, anorexia, eating disorders, appearance research, therapeutic writing, body image
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2017.1379595
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling on 3rd October 2017, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2017.1379595.

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