The effect of poetry therapy on personal and social performance and self-esteem in patients with mental disorder

Utaş Akhan L., Gezgin Yazıcı H., Şahiner İ. V., Didin M., Öner S.

JOURNAL OF POETRY THERAPY, vol.35, no.3, pp.198-209, 2022 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/08893675.2022.2104137
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.198-209
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study was to look into the impact of poetry therapy program on personal and social performance as well as self-esteem in patients with mental illnesses (schizophrenia and bipolar syndrome). The research is an experimental study that employs pretest and posttest models. It was conducted with follow-up patients at the Community Mental Health Center (CMHC), between 8 February 2022 and 4 April 2022. The data were collected with Personal Information Form, Personal and Social Performance Scale (PSP), and Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale. There is a significant difference in the patients’ self-esteem scores after therapy based on their group (t (25) = –2.396; p = .024 < .05). The control group's posttherapy self-esteem scores ( = 3.333) were found to be higher than the treatment group's posttherapy self-esteem scores ( = 1.917). There was a significant increase in posttherapy personal and social performance level ( = 66.319) compared to pretherapy personal and social performance level ( = 61.806) (t = –3.223; p = .008 < .05).