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Participation in the Arts Improve Mental Health

Participation in the Arts Improve Mental Health

New research found that participation in arts-based groups benefit the emotions of both healthy adults and those experiencing mental health conditions.

In the study, art-based involvement included participation in activities that involved choir singing and creative writing.

Investigators discovered participants reported a significant increase in positive emotions and a decrease in negative emotions during the arts-based activity compared with other times during the day.

Interestingly, the influence on positive emotions was short-lived while the effect on negative emotions lasted until evening.

Saliently, adults with chronic mental health conditions were equally able to derive emotional benefits as healthy adults.

Furthermore, study participants described numerous ways in which their participation in the arts-based groups enhanced their individual and interpersonal emotion regulation.

“People with chronic mental health conditions tend to experience difficulties with emotion perception and regulation, which can have a big impact on their social relationships. These symptoms are not well treated with medication or psychotherapy,” explains Dr. Genevieve Dingle, corresponding author of the¬†British Journal of Clinical Psychology¬†study.

“The findings of this study are exciting because they clearly show the potential for participation in arts-based groups to influence emotions and emotion regulation in positive ways.”

Source: Wiley/EurekAlert

Participation in the Arts Improve Mental Health

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Participation in the Arts Improve Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2020, from
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Last updated: 8 Aug 2018 (Originally: 20 Jul 2017)
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