Off-campus Pacific University users: To download campus access theses and dissertations, please log into our proxy server with your PUNet ID and password.

Non-Pacific University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis or dissertation through interlibrary loan.

Theses or dissertations that have a specific embargo period indicated below will not be available to anyone until the date indicated.

Date of Award

Summer 7-11-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Matthew Hunsinger, PhD

Abstract

The current study evaluated the effect of coloring on social anxiety in graduate students. The current study also evaluated the effect of coloring on cognitive biases common in social anxiety (probability and cost bias), as well as experiential avoidance, and state and trait mindfulness. Social anxiety, cognitive biases, experiential avoidance, and mindfulness were all evaluated by self-report measures. Previous research found that mandala coloring reduced state anxiety compared to free form and plaid coloring. To my knowledge, this study is the first to measure the effects of mandala coloring on social anxiety. I predicted that a brief structured coloring intervention would result in significant reductions in social anxiety, experiential avoidance, probability bias, and cost bias compared to controls. Contrary to what was predicted, the mandala coloring group did not show significantly less social anxiety, experiential avoidance, probability bias, or cost bias compared to controls. Yet, all participants did experience a significant reduction in social anxiety over time. Thus, engaging in a time-limited and focused activity daily like coloring or video watching may help reduce social anxiety.

Available for download on Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Share

COinS