Sharpen Your Pencils: Preliminary Evidence that Adult Coloring Reduces Depressive Symptoms and Anxiety

  title={Sharpen Your Pencils: Preliminary Evidence that Adult Coloring Reduces Depressive Symptoms and Anxiety},
  author={Jayde A M Flett and Celia Lie and Benjamin C. Riordan and Laura M. Thompson and Tamlin S. Conner and Harlene Hayne},
  journal={Creativity Research Journal},
  pages={409 - 416}
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