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How can country, spirituality, music and arts contribute to Indigenous mental health and wellbeing?
Australas Psychiatry. 2011 Jul; 19 Suppl 1:S38-41.AP

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Mental health and social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) have been linked as outcomes of attachment to country, spirituality, and engagement in music and arts, particularly for Indigenous Australians. It is not clear how this occurs, even though the links seem substantial.

METHOD

We explore how mental health and SEWB may be linked to attachment to country, spirituality, and engagement in music and arts by reviewing literature and presenting examples from our research with Indigenous communities. Rather than abstracting, our goal is to describe specific examples encompassing the rich contextual details needed to understand the factors contributing to mental health and SEWB.

RESULTS

While engagement in music is often seen as benefiting mental health because thoughts and feelings can be expressed in less public ways, it can also lead to employment and access to economic and social resources. Attachment to country also shows a plethora of positive outcomes which can contribute to mental health and SEWB even when not explicitly aimed at doing so, such as reducing conflictual situations.

CONCLUSIONS

We conclude that more detailed, contextual research is required to fully explore the links between creative enterprises and mental health and SEWB outcomes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Adelaide, SA, Australia.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21878015

Citation

Guerin, Pauline, et al. "How Can Country, Spirituality, Music and Arts Contribute to Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing?" Australasian Psychiatry : Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, vol. 19 Suppl 1, 2011, pp. S38-41.
Guerin P, Guerin B, Tedmanson D, et al. How can country, spirituality, music and arts contribute to Indigenous mental health and wellbeing? Australas Psychiatry. 2011;19 Suppl 1:S38-41.
Guerin, P., Guerin, B., Tedmanson, D., & Clark, Y. (2011). How can country, spirituality, music and arts contribute to Indigenous mental health and wellbeing? Australasian Psychiatry : Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 19 Suppl 1, S38-41. https://doi.org/10.3109/10398562.2011.583065
Guerin P, et al. How Can Country, Spirituality, Music and Arts Contribute to Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing. Australas Psychiatry. 2011;19 Suppl 1:S38-41. PubMed PMID: 21878015.
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TY - JOUR T1 - How can country, spirituality, music and arts contribute to Indigenous mental health and wellbeing? AU - Guerin,Pauline, AU - Guerin,Bernard, AU - Tedmanson,Deirdre, AU - Clark,Yvonne, PY - 2011/9/1/entrez PY - 2011/9/9/pubmed PY - 2012/1/6/medline SP - S38 EP - 41 JF - Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists JO - Australas Psychiatry VL - 19 Suppl 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Mental health and social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) have been linked as outcomes of attachment to country, spirituality, and engagement in music and arts, particularly for Indigenous Australians. It is not clear how this occurs, even though the links seem substantial. METHOD: We explore how mental health and SEWB may be linked to attachment to country, spirituality, and engagement in music and arts by reviewing literature and presenting examples from our research with Indigenous communities. Rather than abstracting, our goal is to describe specific examples encompassing the rich contextual details needed to understand the factors contributing to mental health and SEWB. RESULTS: While engagement in music is often seen as benefiting mental health because thoughts and feelings can be expressed in less public ways, it can also lead to employment and access to economic and social resources. Attachment to country also shows a plethora of positive outcomes which can contribute to mental health and SEWB even when not explicitly aimed at doing so, such as reducing conflictual situations. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that more detailed, contextual research is required to fully explore the links between creative enterprises and mental health and SEWB outcomes. SN - 1440-1665 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21878015/How_can_country_spirituality_music_and_arts_contribute_to_Indigenous_mental_health_and_wellbeing DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -