The Power and Potential of Photography as a Therapeutic Modality for Children with Life-Impacting Illnesses

Title

The Power and Potential of Photography as a Therapeutic Modality for Children with Life-Impacting Illnesses

Creator

Henrich M; Henrich K

Publisher

Journal of Palliative Care

Date

2023

Subject

Child; pediatrics; Photography; Only Child; therapy; families; photography; art; photographs

Description

Objectives: Art is being increasingly appreciated for its healing capacity in pediatric medicine. However, while mediums like music and painting have already been widely integrated into children's health institutions across the nation, photography is an artform that is greatly understudied in its application to medicine. As a non-profit organization with a 17-year history of providing free in-hospital/in-hospice photography sessions to the families of children with life-impacting illnesses, we set out to evaluate the therapeutic capacity of this intervention. Methods: Individuals having received Moment by Moment Photography's services from June 2022 to January 2023 were invited to complete a five-question survey assessing the nature and quality of their photography session and the resulting photographs they received. Results: All but one of the 177 participants found the photographs impactful, and the overwhelming majority (95.5%) of participants rated the value of the photographs as high as possible (5/5 on a Likert scale). Further, a dozen themes, including love, share, connect, and fight, among others, were identified that articulate the diversity of ways that "impact" manifested in families. Conclusion: Together, these results clearly support the benefit of photography as a legacy making and therapeutic medium.

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Citation List Month

September List 2023

Collection

Citation

Henrich M; Henrich K, “The Power and Potential of Photography as a Therapeutic Modality for Children with Life-Impacting Illnesses,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 27, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/19295.