Revista do NUFEN
version ISSN 2175-2591
ELMESCANY, Érica de Nazaré Marçal. Art in promoting resilence: a way of intervention occupational therapeutic in attention oncology. Rev. NUFEN [online]. 2010, vol.2, n.2, pp. 21-41. ISSN 2175-2591.
The experience of cancer and its different stages of treatment brings physical, psychological and social effects on patients and require different forms of adaptation and coping. Some patients can exhibit a capacity to adapt and overcome situations of stress that permeated their lives during cancer treatment, while others experience this period with intense suffering. The term resilience is used in psychology to explain this dynamic process that can be promoted and appointed as a human capacity to face adversity, to bear them and to recover a meaningful and productive life, through the reconstruction of new meanings about the experience. This theoretical study is designed to reflect about resilience and its application in the context of occupational therapy intervention in oncology through a interventionist proposal based on art therapy that considers resilience as a revitalizing power to face the patient’s on cancer treatment daily life, with art as a therapeutic instrument to facilitate the contact with reality, awakening of consciousness and the human ability of expressing his feelings and conflicts, in order to encourage appropriate answers to the everyday life adversity and demands.
Keywords : Resilience promotion; Occupational Therapy; Art therapy. Cancer; Oncology.