The effects of the leisure activity of coloring on post-test anxiety in graduate level occupational therapy students

Date
2019
Authors
Burton, Brittney N.
Baxter, Mary F.
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Publisher
Western Michigan University
Abstract

Background: This study examined the effects of the leisure activity of coloring on the anxiety levels of graduate level occupational therapy students after taking a high stress exam. This study also examined the effects of the leisure activity of coloring on the students’ perceptions of preparedness for and performance on the exam.


Method: The participants were recruited for this quantitative, pre/posttest study through a purposive convenience sample and randomly assigned to either the leisure activity or the control. A self-report assessment was used for data collection. The changes in anxiety levels were examined using a repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA). Independent sample t-tests were performed to compare means of the change in anxiety levels, the participants’ perceptions of outcomes on the previous tests, and their perceptions of preparedness for the tests.


Results: The participants who participated in the leisure activity of coloring demonstrated a significantly greater reduction in anxiety levels than the participants in the control. Perceptions of performance on and preparedness for the previous tests did not differ between the groups.


Conclusion: The findings support using the leisure activity of coloring as an effective tool for the reduction of post-test anxiety in graduate level occupational therapy students.

Description
Article originally published in The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(1). English. Published online 2019. https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1451
Keywords
Post-test anxiety, Education, Leisure, Occupational adaptation
Citation
This is a published version of a paper that is available at: https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1451. Recommended citation: Burton, B. N., & Baxter, M. F. (2019). The effects of the leisure activity of coloring on post-test anxiety in graduate level occupational therapy students. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(1). This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.