TITLE

The benefits of knitting for personal and social wellbeing in adulthood: findings from an international survey

AUTHOR(S)
Riley, Jill; Corkhill, Betsan; Morris, Clare
PUB. DATE
February 2013
SOURCE
British Journal of Occupational Therapy;Feb2012, Vol. 76 Issue 2, p50
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Introduction: There is increasing evidence that engaging in creative and meaningful occupation can impact positively on health and wellbeing. Much of the research in this area has concentrated on general occupational categories and less is known about the benefits of specific occupations. This study aimed to identify the benefits of knitting for individuals' personal and social wellbeing as a prerequisite to investigating its therapeutic use. Method: An online survey was conducted through an internet knitting site. Responses were received from 3,545 knitters worldwide. Quantitative data were analysed statistically to establish relationships and differences among variables and qualitative data for key themes. Results: Respondents came from a virtual community of knitters. The majority were female white adults and frequent knitters, who commonly reported knitting for relaxation, stress relief and creativity. The results show a significant relationship between knitting frequency and feeling calm and happy. More frequent knitters also reported higher cognitive functioning. Knitting in a group impacted significantly on perceived happiness, improved social contact and communication with others. Conclusion: Knitting has significant psychological and social benefits, which can contribute to wellbeing and quality of life. As a skilled and creative occupation, it has therapeutic potential - an area requiring further research.
ACCESSION #
85669349

 

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