This project contains two components. The first is an experimental study that evaluates the impact collaborative creative expressive activities have on subjective well-being. The DVD, the second component of this project demonstrating excellence (PDE), is the edited visual documentation of the experience utilizing still and video photography of the entire project from concept to permanent installation in the lobby of a pediatric clinic. My hypothesis was that working creatively and collaboratively elevates mood for children suffering from chronic disease. An HIV/AIDS support group, the Kool Kids, were the primary participants. The Kool Kids had a vision that became the foundation upon which the collaborative creative expressive project came to life. The Kool Kids became the sample of convenience for the first component of this dissertation. Each participant was asked to choose from five visuals the facial expression that best defined his or her mood (subjective well-being) at the beginning and end of each of the 24 creative sessions. These 1,038 pre- and post-documented subjective well-being declarations were then analyzed to determine the level of significance collaborative creative expressive activity has on one's self-determined subjective well-being. The Chi-Square Test through which the pre- and post-subjective well-being declarations were analyzed concluded that the Kool Kids pre- and post-subjective well-being trends showed an increase with a level of significance at .001. Not only did the project succeed in facilitating a vision into a reality; the results of this experimental study are consistent with my hypothesis that when one participates in creative expressive activity, that creative involvement could parlay enhancement of his or her subjective well-being. Future research projects in facilities such as rehabilitation facilities, homeless shelters, and other support group configurations could be undertaken to further develop this research. Other measurement tools such as depression scale, interview, and longitudinal follow up in addition to creative expressive activities could further reveal meaning of subjective well-being results. Other variables could be investigated since we understand that subjective well-being is impacted by creative expressive activity. One could further explore subjective well-being by comparing those who are working independently on their own creative concept and those who are working on a unified goal oriented project. It would also be interesting to compare subjective well-being impact with participants who are working on the unified goal that is conceived and designed by that particular group, to participants who are working on a project concept and design that was controlled by the facilitator of the group. It would be interesting to explore the still and video documentation that is produced by the participants themselves—would the visuals have a different focus and/or would the music and the commentary be different? Developing creative expressive activities into a formula for creative thought process to expand coping strategies would be particularly valuable in the holistic therapy community.
|School:||Union Institute and University|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-B 69/11, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Physical therapy, Experimental psychology|
|Keywords:||Creative expression, HIV/AIDS, Subjective well-being, Well-being|
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