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ERIC Number: EJ1004852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Artistic Tasks Outperform Nonartistic Tasks for Stress Reduction
Abbott, Kayleigh A.; Shanahan, Matthew J.; Neufeld, Richard W. J.
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v30 n2 p71-78 2013
Art making has been documented as an effective stress reduction technique. In this between-subjects experimental study, possible mechanisms of stress reduction were examined in a sample of 52 university students randomly assigned to one of four conditions generated by factorially crossing Activity Type (artistic or nonartistic) with Coping Approach (active or passive). Stress levels were measured at baseline, after stress induction tasks, and after the stress reduction manipulation. Results indicated that all experimental stress reduction tasks reduced average stress levels. However, artistic activities yielded significantly greater stress reduction than matched nonartistic activities, supporting the potential therapeutic effectiveness of specifically artistic tasks for stress reduction. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada