Reducing Anxiety Through Art Therapy in Nature: A Heuristic Arts-Based Study
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an art intervention to reduce symptoms of anxiety for individuals living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The study also investigated how creativity can increase coping skills for those with the disorder, and ultimately increase the quality of life for individuals with GAD. Using an arts-based heuristic inquiry, the study utilized a modified short form of Spielberger’s STAI (state-trait anxiety inventory) and reflective journaling to evaluate the effect of mindfully creating nature mandalas on anxiety symptoms. The results of the data analysis revealed themes of: (a) connection, (b) coping, and (c) perspective.