Date of Completion


Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Robert Ricketts

Second Advisor

Jeremy Szteiter


This paper explores the design process of developing an illustrated coloring book, as a tool to introduce Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques to young adults experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, panic, and depression. The MBSR coloring book, is being developed based on a theory, and supporting evidence, that engaging in an artistic activity like coloring, can make MBSR techniques accessible to young adults seeking help for anxiety and panic-related symptoms. The author discusses the challenges young adults face in the current societal context and highlights the need for effective and accessible strategies to manage mental health issues. Through research, experience, and literature review, the author outlines how practicing MBSR strategies can help reduce anxiety. The paper proposes a coloring book as an accessible and appropriate medium to introduce MBSR, presenting arguments in favor of its use. It also explores counterarguments regarding the efficacy of coloring as a viable medium to introducing MBSR. The design factors for creating an attached coloring book prototype are discussed, emphasizing the importance of incorporating an introduction to mindfulness principles, as well as MBSR breathing techniques. In conclusion, the paper highlights the significance of integrating MBSR and coloring as tool to make this holistic intervention for some of the most common mental health disorders more accessible to young adults seeking treatment.

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Art Therapy Commons