Thesis Title

Preferences and Descriptions of Religious Imagery According to Anxiety Level

Graduation Date

Fall 2003

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

Print

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy

Dean

Lizbeth Martin, PhD

First Reader

Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Arnell Etherington, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC

Abstract

It is hypothesized that individuals who score in the High Anxiety range will select as preferable images that have been categorized as “anxiety-provoking” in a greater number of instances than individuals who score in the Mid and Low-Anxiety ranges in an inventory of State and Trait Anxiety. Also, it is hypothesized that individuals within the High-Anxiety groups will describe preferred images differently than the other anxiety groups. Students from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California were recruited for a study on “Personality Type & Visual Imagery.” The subject pool consisted of 28 females and 3 males, from 19-55 years of age. Results reveal that although individuals in the High Anxiety Ranges do not select as preferable images that have been categorized as “anxiety-provoking,” they do describe images differently than individuals with lower Trait and State anxiety.

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