Attention and Short-Term Memory Improvement in Young Adult Women with Anxiety After Coloring Therapy

  • Moses A Krisnanda Maranatha Christian University
  • Stella T Hasianna
  • Yenni Limyati

Abstract

Attention and memory are influenced by anxiety. This study aimed to analyze the effect of coloring therapy on the improvement of attention and short-term memory function in young adult women with anxiety. The analytic quasi-experimental method was used with pre-test and post-test design. The measured data were attention (Stroop test score) and short-term memory (Scenery Picture Memory Test / SPMT score). The subjects were 25 female university students with anxiety (Depression Anxiety Stress Scale / DASS-42 score ?8). This study showed the mean Stroop test scores of pre-test and post-test were 136.20 and 72.60 seconds subsequently, and the mean SPMT scores of pre-test and post-test were 17.88 and 20.92 subsequently. Wilcoxon's statistical analysis test with ?=0.05 showed a p-value of 0.000 for both the Stroop test and SPMT score (highly significant). We concluded that coloring therapy improved attention and short-term memory function in young adult women with anxiety.   Keywords: coloring therapy, attention, short-term memory, cognitive, anxiety

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2020-02-27
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Krisnanda M, Hasianna S, Limyati Y. Attention and Short-Term Memory Improvement in Young Adult Women with Anxiety After Coloring Therapy. JMH [Internet]. 27Feb.2020 [cited 8Aug.2020];2(5). Available from: https://journal.maranatha.edu/index.php/jmh/article/view/2030
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