A Mixed Methods Exploration of “Creativity in Mind”, an Online, Creativity-Based Intervention for Adults Experiencing Low Mood and Anxiety


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Alcock K, Huddy V, Scior K, Tribe RH

Year of Publication:
2019

Publisher(s):
64 Million Artists

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This report, written by researchers from UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, presents findings from research into 64 Million Artists’ online, creativity-based intervention, Creativity in Mind, (CIM) aimed at improving mood and wellbeing.

In Autumn 2018, 64 Million Artists used co-creation practices to produce an online, creativity-based intervention, Creativity in Mind, (CIM) aimed at improving mood and wellbeing. 55 individuals experiencing low and anxiety took part in 30 days of simple creative challenges, relating to the following themes: drawing and writing; connecting with others; food and drink; craft and making; learning a new skill; music and singing; movement; mindfulness; and random. Participants shared their work and reflections in a facilitated WhatsApp group. The approach of sharing one’s creativity engages 64 Million Artists’ methodology “Do, Think, Share”, which is used across many of their projects.

Using a mixed methods research design, researchers from UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences analysed data relating to the participants’ experiences. The numerical data show a “clinically meaningful” increase in participants’ wellbeing. Analysis of qualitative interviews demonstrate that, overall, CIM was experienced positively, with some negative emotions arising from the volume of interactions and negative comparisons between participants.

Previous published evidence on face-to-face interventions involving art and creativity supports the positive findings from this research into an online intervention. Further research, preferably with a control group, is needed to ensure the potential benefits of online creativity-based interventions are fully understood.



Evidence Type: Survey

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Tribe R.H., Scior K., Alcock K., Huddy V. (2019) A Mixed Methods Exploration of “Creativity in Mind”, an Online, Creativity-Based Intervention for Adults Experiencing Low Mood and Anxiety. London: 64 Million Artists.