Art and the Healing Process-Improving Mental Health
This study aims to find what art processes have been used to help with mental dysfunctions in a variety of populations. While many dysfunctions and many interventions were included in the paper, the main focus was to find a relationship between the levels of anxiety in college students and their participation in art activities. This paper proposes justification on why further research must be done to determine how students can most effectively reduce their anxiety by using art activities, specifically by using coloring sheets for adults. Current studies show inconclusive results if mandalas have the greatest reduction on stress compared to plaid designs when using colored pencils. Research has not explored how popular culture references being included in a coloring page might reduce anxiety compared to mandalas or plaid designs. This paper shows how this is an important feature that needs to be examined due to the rise in adult coloring book sales featuring many different references, ranging anywhere from movies to animals. By expanding this knowledge, students can find the most effective means to reduce their anxiety that is also accessible and affordable. Any data present for the proposed study is what the researchers suspect will be seen after collecting all data.