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ERIC Number: EJ947125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1540-1383
Creativity and Self-Exploration in Projective Drawings of Abused Women: Evaluating the inside Me-outside Me Workshop
Dollinger, Stephen J.; Kazmierczak, Elzbieta; Storkerson, Peter K.
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v6 n3 p202-219 2011
This study evaluated a creative workshop where college students (N = 300) devised self-expressive products to explore their inner and outer worlds. Participants devised products with drawing and writing components to examine their relationships with negative life events, self-concepts, and worldviews. Participants then evaluated the workshop. Artists and psychologists rated products for effort, creativity, and self-exploration. Participants evaluated the workshop as valuable (e.g., helped them feel mentally flexible, gave them freedom to express inner feelings). Past stressful life events correlated with positive evaluations of the workshop and self-exploration shown in products. Past visual art experience, personality (openness), and verbal ability predicted the creativity of products, whereas gender and life events interacted to predict self-exploration. A key finding of this study was that women who had experienced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse devised the most self-exploratory products and most strongly evaluated the activity as valuable. (Contains 6 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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