Experiences of meaning in garden therapy in outpatient psychiatric care in Sweden. A narrative study

Birgitta A. Wästberg, Ulrika Harris, A. Birgitta Gunnarsson

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Background: Support has been found for using garden therapy as form of intervention for clients with common mental disorders, but no consensus has been found for what contributes to perceived meaningfulness of garden therapy. Aims: To investigate whether participants perceived garden therapy as meaningful, and if so, what contributed to the meaningfulness. Material and methods: Narrative individual interviews were conducted twice with six participants who participated in garden therapy and once with two participants. Data was analysed using narrative methodology. Results: Perceived meanings in garden therapy were associated to the participants’ individual needs and prerequisites: to land, just be, relax, go back to basics, understand, verbalise, enhance energy, and socialise. The group leaders had an important role to create safety and trust, and to adapt the activities and use of the environment. The activities, the garden environment and social group contributed to perceived meaning in garden therapy. Conclusions: Garden therapy offered the participants possibilities to meet their different needs and thereby perceived meaning. To achieve this, the group leaders need to adapt the gardening individually to each participant. Significance: Various components were perceived as meaningful. The group leaders therefore have to adapt the garden therapy to each participant’s needs.

Sidor (från-till)415-425
TidskriftScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Tidigt onlinedatum2020 feb. 6
StatusPublished - 2021
Externt publiceradJa

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