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Effects of Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy on Stress and Cortisol Levels in Graduate and Professional-Level Students

Title: The Effects of Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy on Stress and Cortisol Levels in Graduate and Professional-Level Students.
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Name(s): Allen, Rebecca Joy, author
Van Lith, Theresa, professor directing thesis
Gussak, David, committee member
Stanwood, Gregg, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Fine Arts, degree granting college
Department of Art Education, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (106 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The field of art therapy has gained momentum in its collaboration with neuroscience in the quest for greater empirical evidence for the efficacy of the field. While there have been a few studies testing the applicability of salivary testing of cortisol with this type of research, no concrete studies have been conducted involving analyzing the effects that multiple sessions of art therapy have on stress. This study obtained empirical evidence determining the effects that a 4-week, mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT) group had on cortisol concentration and perceived stress from participants. This study employed a quasi-experimental interrupted time-series research design allowing for comparative data between a pretest and posttest value of cortisol in graduate and medical students. Comparisons were made between the cortisol concentrations in all participants before and after the first and last session as well as between the data sets from each session to determine the longevity of effects. In addition, the participants’ perceived stress was quantitatively analyzed through the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). The intervention being tested was MBAT in a group setting. The information gathered from the cortisol testing has implications for supporting the need for stress reducing programming for graduate-level students, as well as has important implications for using MBAT as a stress reduction tool.
Identifier: FSU_SUMMER2017_Allen_fsu_0071N_14112 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Art Education in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: July 17, 2017.
Keywords: Art Therapy, Cortisol, Mindfulness, Mindfulness-based Art Therapy, Stress, Students
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Theresa Van Lith, Professor Directing Thesis; Dave Gussak, Committee Member; Gregg Stanwood, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Counseling psychology
Psychobiology
Art -- Study and teaching
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_SUMMER2017_Allen_fsu_0071N_14112
Owner Institution: FSU

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Allen, R. J. (2017). The Effects of Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy on Stress and Cortisol Levels in Graduate and Professional-Level Students. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_SUMMER2017_Allen_fsu_0071N_14112