ERIC Number: EJ688443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Can Coloring Mandalas Reduce Anxiety?
Curry, Nancy A.; Kasser, Tim
Art Therapy Journal of the American Art Therapy Assoc, v22 n2 p81-85 2005
This study examined the effectiveness of different types of art activities in the reduction of anxiety. After undergoing a brief anxiety-induction, 84 undergraduate students were randomly assigned to color a mandala, to color a plaid form, or to color on a blank piece of paper. Results demonstrated that anxiety levels declined approximately the same for the mandala-and plaid-coloring groups and that both of these groups experienced more reduction in anxiety than did the unstructured-coloring group. These findings suggest that structured coloring of a reasonably complex geometric pattern may induce a meditative state that benefits individuals suffering from anxiety.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Geometry, Art Activities, Anxiety, Freehand Drawing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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