Participation in the arts raises kids self esteem

This article by Tom Jacobs originally appeared in Pacific Standard

Mak and Fancourt offer several “broad explanations” for their findings. Creating art can “validate the uniqueness of an individual, which gives rise to a sense of accomplishment and to feelings of self-worth,” they write. Also, “the arts have been shown to support a sense of social identity” and can “encourage goal-directed behavior, and enhance social resilience.”

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