Title

The Effect Of Coloring Mandalas For Twenty Minutes On Teen Student'S Anxiety Levels

Author(s)

Amy Loy

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Psychology and Sociology

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Oral Presentation Award

3rd Place

Abstract

High school students are exposed to numerous stress factors such as homework, extracurricular activities, work, sports, etc. Finding a good stress reliever that is easy and cost effective is crucial. Therapeutic coloring can decrease stress and anxiety in teens, improving overall health and increasing happiness. This study aims to determine how controlled coloring for 20 minutes affects stress and anxiety levels in teen students. Their stress and anxiety levels are expected to decrease if the student colors. To assess the stress and anxiety levels, a pre-test is given before coloring, and a post-test is given after coloring for 20 minutes. The original pre and post tests are based on a subset of questions from an official analytic psychosis test, and both pre and post tests contain the same content: 11 questions, all true or false. A new pretest and posttest were created with short term, self-evaluation questions. The pretest and posttest responses are analyzed and scored, and then compared in a matched pairs t test. Preliminary data shows that the anxiety and stress levels do not decrease enough to be statistically significant, with a p-value of .271. Follow up data shows stress levels are statistically significant, with a p-value of .001. Coloring is an effective creative outlet, helping teens get through high school with better health by promoting mindfulness.

Location

Owens 109

Start Date

4-16-2016 11:00 AM

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Apr 16th, 11:00 AM

The Effect Of Coloring Mandalas For Twenty Minutes On Teen Student'S Anxiety Levels

Owens 109

High school students are exposed to numerous stress factors such as homework, extracurricular activities, work, sports, etc. Finding a good stress reliever that is easy and cost effective is crucial. Therapeutic coloring can decrease stress and anxiety in teens, improving overall health and increasing happiness. This study aims to determine how controlled coloring for 20 minutes affects stress and anxiety levels in teen students. Their stress and anxiety levels are expected to decrease if the student colors. To assess the stress and anxiety levels, a pre-test is given before coloring, and a post-test is given after coloring for 20 minutes. The original pre and post tests are based on a subset of questions from an official analytic psychosis test, and both pre and post tests contain the same content: 11 questions, all true or false. A new pretest and posttest were created with short term, self-evaluation questions. The pretest and posttest responses are analyzed and scored, and then compared in a matched pairs t test. Preliminary data shows that the anxiety and stress levels do not decrease enough to be statistically significant, with a p-value of .271. Follow up data shows stress levels are statistically significant, with a p-value of .001. Coloring is an effective creative outlet, helping teens get through high school with better health by promoting mindfulness.