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Art Making Promotes Mental Health: A Solution for Schools That Time Forgot

2022

Art Making Promotes Mental Health: A Solution for Schools That Time Forgot

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This article presents art as a tool for promoting mental health in schools by examining the effects of art making in a sample of 104 school-based mental health professionals. It unites findings from unrelated disciplines to derive and test a new conceptual framework proposing that active engagement in a visual-tactile process over time mediates a shift to healthy mental states and that regular engagement in such process builds mental health capacity. Four hypotheses are tested through psychometrics with statistically significant findings for all (p < .05). Through this study, we advance Flow Theory in identifying a new causal mechanism for accessing Flow; and we make a novel, interdisciplinary contribution to the field of mental health in providing psychometric evidence that making visual art promotes mental health.

Martin, B. H., & Colp, S. M. (2022). Art Making Promotes Mental Health. Canadian Journal of Education, 45(1), 156-183. https://journals.sfu.ca/cje/index.php/cje-rce/article/view/5017

 

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