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ERIC Number: EJ825772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Assessing Stress Reduction as a Function of Artistic Creation and Cognitive Focus
Curl, Krista
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v25 n4 p164-169 2008
In this outcomes study (N=40), changes in stress levels were compared across two participant conditions for a period of artistic activity with a cognitive focus on either a personally stressful or positive situation. Results indicated that participants in the positive-focus condition demonstrated a significant decrease in stress, whereas participants in the negative-focus condition demonstrated a slight increase in stress (p less than 0.05). These findings on stress reduction give strength to the hypothesis that art making is a means of receiving a "creative high" (Foster, 1992), although long-term follow-up is necessary to adequately assess this phenomenon as it may pertain to art therapy. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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