Title

Creative Role Identity: Implications for Self-Concept, Depression, and Anxiety

Publication Date

2-2017

Abstract

Creativity is most often referred to in the context of artistic domains and yet, in reality, creativity influences all alternative thought processes and innovative thinking. Researchers in the field of psychology have paid little attention to research within the realm of creativity, although this trend is changing. In particular, prior research has noted that creative artists tend to have higher rates of depression and anxiety than their non-artist counterparts. Understanding contributing factors to these high rates may prevent, or direct more appropriate interventions that reduce anxiety and depression in artists. The purpose of this study was to explore how the extent to which the artist is enmeshed with the art form influences the development of self-concept, anxiety and depression. Another aim of this study was to expand on the existing body of literature via exploration of differences between artists and non-artist groups by hypothesizing that artists would be more at risk for anxiety, depression, impaired creative self-efficacy, and impaired creative self-concept. Seventeen artists and 17 non-artists participated in this study via convenience sampling. Study findings indicated that, while artists and non-artists differ with respect to creative self-concept and creative role identity, they were not significantly different in terms of self-efficacy, depression, and anxiety. Further, contrary to the stated hypotheses, creative role identity was not significantly correlated with depression, anxiety, or creative self-concept. Creative role identity was, however, significantly correlated with self-efficacy; the implication of which may be that creative artists with strong creative role identities may better identify their creative potential, lending to increased resilience.

First Advisor

Strawn, Brad

Date Uploaded

10-12-2018

Collection Number

Psych0371E

Document Type

Dissertation

File Name

Daves_fuller.psych_0371E_10175

Language

English

Keywords

Personality and creative ability, Artists, Self-perception, Self-esteem, Depression, Anxiety

Disciplines

Psychology

Rights

Material hosted by ProQuest subject to copyright

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https://search.proquest.com/docview/1925045822/22915F781EA447B2PQ/1?accountid=11008

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Embargo Period

10-12-2018

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