Other social impacts of arts and culture

This section collates all the research relating to the impact of arts and culture that cannot be fitted into the other categories on CultureCase. This section comprises a small number of studies looking at diverse themes including the role of arts and culture on crime reduction, social cohesion and social mobility.

The summaries in this category are:

Group singing helps people cope with adverse life events

This research was conducted by Genevieve von Lob, Paul Camic and Stephen Clift at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Summary

The paper reports a series of interviews conducted with 16 people who had experienced an adverse life event (or multiple events) and were also members of a choir. These people used …

By | 11 March 2014 |

Arts engagement has a positive effect on quality of life

This research was conducted by Alex C. Michalos and P. Maurine Kahlke at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Summary

This paper reports the findings of a large-scale survey that was designed specifically to measure the impact of arts engagement on the quality of life of the population of British …

By | 11 March 2014 |

Drama can help reduce antisocial behaviour

This research was conducted by Michael J. Chandler at the University of Rochester, USA [Now at the University of British Columbia, Canada]

Summary

The paper looked at data from a programme in Upstate New York designed to reduce crime and antisocial behavior among boys aged 11-13. The study took 45 antisocial …

By | 5 December 2013 |

The arts help people form diverse friendship groups

This research was conducted by Mike Owen Benediktsson at Hunter College, CUNY, USA

Summary

The paper explores the degree to which people with high levels of arts engagement form ethnically diverse friendship networks. The paper presents the results of a study that analysed data from a survey of college students in …

By | 5 December 2013 |