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ERIC Number: EJ988121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Efficacy of Creative Clay Work for Reducing Negative Mood: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Kimport, Elizabeth R.; Robbins, Steven J.
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v29 n2 p74-79 2012
Clay work has long been used in art therapy to achieve therapeutic goals. However, little empirical evidence exists to document the efficacy of such work. The present study randomly assigned 102 adult participants to one of four conditions following induction of a negative mood: (a) handling clay with instructions to create a pinch pot, (b) handling clay with instructions to manipulate it freely, (c) handling a soft stress ball with instructions to toss the ball in a structured manner, or (d) handling a soft stress ball with instructions to manipulate it freely. Self-reports revealed greater mood enhancement following clay handling compared to ball handling. This randomized controlled trial (RCT) documents that clay work has specific efficacy for reducing negative mood states. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Profile of Mood States; State Trait Anxiety Inventory