An exploration of life satisfaction levels in relation to art therapy and art activities

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O'Shea, Bebhinn
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BA in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study explores the effects art therapy and art related activities have on life satisfaction in relation to a mental health disabilities and control group, over a time period. The control group, mature part time students (n=65) and disability group, community-based disability participants (n=35) completed a survey including demographic questions and a questionnaire Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS). Statistical analysis reveals that there was no significant interaction between the art variables but significant difference was found relating to the time period. Conclusions about the results must be taken with caution due to the small obscure sample size. The results were also further analysed in relation to other variables, which are discussed along with suggestions for further research in this area.