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A mixed methods exploration of a pilot photo-reflection intervention for enhancing coping and well-being during COVID-19

BURTON, Amy and ELLIOTT, Jade (2022) A mixed methods exploration of a pilot photo-reflection intervention for enhancing coping and well-being during COVID-19. The Arts in Psychotherapy. ISSN 0197-4556

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Restrictions enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic are associated with negative impacts on mental health and well-being. There is a need to support individuals to cope with these challenging circumstances. An embedded design mixed methods approach was employed to explore challenges experienced during the pandemic, the effectiveness of a photo-reflection intervention for enhancing coping, well-being, and resilience, and how this intervention functioned to impact on these outcomes. 108 participants were randomised to one of three photo-taking conditions; challenges experienced, coping strategies, or general experiences and were assessed with measures of well-being, coping and resilience. In addition, open-ended survey questions were used to assess perceptions and intervention effects. There were no significant differences across the groups, however subjective psychological well-being, and emotional and functional well-being improved post-intervention regardless of intervention type. There was also an increase in planning and self-distraction coping for those whom the intervention elicited reflection. Qualitative data highlighted a range of challenges experienced and examples of both adaptive and maladaptive coping approaches. Photo-reflection intervention approaches may improve well-being and enhance coping during these challenging circumstances through providing opportunity to review and reflect on life experiences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, coping, well-being, intervention, mixed-methods, photo-taking
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Amy BURTON
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2022 16:12
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2022 16:12
URI: https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/7551

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