The Effects of Colouring Books on Adults’ Well-Being

Ball, Simon (2016) The Effects of Colouring Books on Adults’ Well-Being. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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The use of colouring books are no longer viewed as something merely for children. Over the past two years there has been a huge increase in the sales of colouring books for adults. These books are being marketed as a means to reduce potential negative life factors and improve individual wellbeing. Nonetheless, there is little research to validate such claims. In this study an exploratory intervention was conducted over seven days to observe the effect that colouring books have on well-being. Participants (N= 94, 71 female & 23 male) were randomly assigned into one of three conditions (colouring, free-form drawing plus colouring and free-form drawing. Participants completed the Perceived Stress Scale 10 item, the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule and the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (short form), pre and post intervention as a measure of wellbeing. A mixed repeated measures analysis of variance and a Friedmans test found there was a marked increase in well-being across pre and post intervention. Nonetheless there was no significant difference between conditions.

Keywords: well-being, Colouring books for adults, Mindfulness

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Steve Bowman
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 11:28
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 11:28

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