Poetry writing: A therapeutic means for a social work doctoral student in the process of study

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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Poetry writing was found to be therapeutic during my doctoral study by relieving stress, promoting self-understanding and filling my emptiness. Twelve poems are selected and categorized into six thematic areas: the sense of loss and social isolation; the persistent studying; the fantasy world; the mother-son relationship; the bodily symptoms; and the omnipresent gaze. The background of the prewriting experience and the functions of each poem are presented. The paper ends by offering some implications for education and calls for the use of poetry writing as a therapeutic aid for graduate students in the process of their study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Poetry Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Doctoral Study
  • Poetry Writing
  • Social Work Education
  • Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology

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