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New Study: Arts-Based Activities Boost Emotion Regulation

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Jul 14, 2017

A recent study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, found that creative activities such as choir singing and creative writing enhance emotion regulation for both healthy adults and those with mental health conditions.

According to Psychology Today, “The researchers found that all study participants who participated in arts-based groups reported a significant increase in positive emotions along with a decrease in negative emotions during and immediately after an arts-based activity. Notably, adults with chronic mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders (SUD) also derived emotional benefits in comparison to a control group of healthy adults.”

The researchers ultimately found that: "The clear demonstration of positive emotional effects produced through participation in arts-based groups in the community has implications for mental health practice and policy.”

Read more about the study and its implications here.

Photo: Chicago Children's Choir at the 2016 Guild Conference

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