Brittney N. Burton, OTR, MOTMary F. Baxter, OT, PhD, FAOTA
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.
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). https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1451