The place of therapeutic art in the rehabilitation of discharged psychiatric patients in Ghana: a case study of the Kumasi Cheshire home

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This study investigates the place of therapeutic Art in the rehabilitation process of discharged psychiatric patients in the Kumasi Cheshire Home. It also identifies, examines and critically analyses rehabilitation ingredients employed in the Kumasi Cheshire Home which is a community based mental health rehabilitation centre in Kumasi; it assesses the place of creative art works. The study evaluates the Kumasi Cheshire Home as a concept of community-based mental health centre in Ghana. The stratified sampling method of analysis was adopted with the assumption that the findings would be representative of Ghanaian populace. The findings indicate that therapeutic art as known elsewhere does not exist in the Kumasi Cheshire I-Tome owing to deficiencies in the definition of therapeutic art in the Home. Nevertheless, art works of residents are useful in the diagnosis of residents and as a mode of treatment. The strengths and weaknesses of the Kumasi Cheshire Home have been identified with a view to rectifying the weaknesses to enhance the efforts of the rehabilitation process of the Kumasi Cheshire Home as a Community-based Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in African Art, 1999