Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study examined the efficacy of an art therapy intervention (working with clay) on reducing anxiety. Forty-eight college students participated in small groups. Participants underwent a brief anxiety induction and were then randomly assigned to work with either a Rubik's cube or clay for 15 minutes. The two anxiety subscales were administered at baseline, after the anxiety induction, and after the intervention. The individuals in the clay condition experienced a significantly greater reduction in anxiety at post-intervention on both measures relative to the control condition. Possible explanations, clinical implications, and suggestions for future research are discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 16 no. 1 2010
Lindquist, Melissa and Turk, Cynthia
"Working with clay reduces anxiety among college students,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 16:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol16/iss1/2