Ovarian cancer and medical art therapy : drawing on experience

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Psychology and Social Science


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


This thesis investigates the experiences of ten women diagnosed with ovarian cancer through their engagement In medical art therapy. The literature revealed few studies that examined the psycho-social experiences of women with ovarian cancer. No studies explored the use of art therapy as a tool to identifY the women's psycho-social needs. The purpose of this study was to contribute to an Improved understanding of women's emotional, relational and existential engagements with the ovarian cancer experience. Women's visual and textual stories provided expressive representations of their experiences and responses throughout the disease trajectory.

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