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The relationship between creativity and stress levels in female musicians Nicol, Jennifer J.


Anectodal and theoretical accounts suggest that creativity is a positive attribute that enhances coping abilities. However, there is little empirical evidence to support this contention. This study was designed as a preliminary investigation of the relationship between characteristics of creativity and perceived stress levels in female musicians. It was anticipated that higher levels of creativity would be associated with lower levels of stress. Ninety-five musicians (49 music therapists, and 46 music hobbyists) volunteered for the study. Participants met with the investigator to complete paper and pencil measures. Creativity was conceptualized as a multi-dimensional construct thereby necessitating the use of multiple measures. Five measures were used to assess creativity. These measures captured the constructs of creative thinking, creative personality, creative behavior, complexity, and musical activity. Stress level was measured with a 14-itemscale that measured perceived stress. Preliminary analyses indicated that only 3 of the predictor variables correlated with stress level. Consequently, creative thinking, creative personality, and creative behavior were used to test the hypothesis in an hierarchical regression analysis. The regression equation reached significance, F(7,85) = 2.86, p

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