Depression and anxiety impact engagement in participatory arts activities

Daisy Fancourt, Louise Baxter and Fabiana Lorencatto have published a study that suggests individuals with poor mental health encounter certain barriers to engagement in participatory arts activities that are not felt as strongly by those without any mental health problems.

The analysis, based on a behaviour change framework, recognised that factors commonly associated with depression and anxiety, including low self-esteem, socio-economic burden and poor physical health can impact engagement with such pursuits.

The study concluded that individuals with depression and anxiety felt they would be more likely to engage in arts activities if they had greater psychological and physical capabilities, more social opportunities, and stronger automatic and reflective motivations to engage.

Read the study in full here