The Relationship Between Art in Schoool Curriculum and Adolescent Depressive Tendencies
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
Lizbeth Martin, PhD
Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC
Roberta Hauser, ATR-BC
This paper presents a study of art and its relationship to depressive tendencies in an adolescent population in a public high school (specifically ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders). From the sample tested, profiles were made to compare: participants that take art and like art, those that take art and do not like art, those that do not take art and like art, and finally those that do not take art and do not like art. Each participant was rated on a scale developed by the researcher that addresses depressive tendencies and attitudes about art. The scale ranges from a minimum score of 16 to a maximum of 80. This scale was derived from the survey and the manner in which the participant responded to questions on a 1-5 scale. All participants were told that the study involved inquiring about current art in their curriculum. The findings indicate the participants that currently take art and like art have less depressive tendencies than the participants that do not take art and do not like art, as they scored highest towards depressive tendencies. The mean score of these two profiles was significantly different.
Post, Sara A., "The Relationship Between Art in Schoool Curriculum and Adolescent Depressive Tendencies" (2002). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 78.