How to Encourage People to Engage with the Arts and Humanities: Suggestions from Self-Efficacy Theory and Research

James E. Maddux, Evan M. Kleiman

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Abstract

Engaging with the arts and humanities (in all their myriad forms) can add a richness to life that can enhance the quality of life and subjective well-being. Too many people, however, often avoid such engagement because they do not believe that they have sufficient knowledge and experience to enjoy and appreciate some of the finer things in life, such as classical music art, literature, theatre, and dance. Self-efficacy theory and research can offer some practical suggestions for how to encourage people to experiment with the arts and humanities, not only as observers and consumers, but also as students and producers of their own work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Positive Humanities
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages140-150
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780190064570
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology

Keywords

  • arts
  • deliberate practice
  • humanities
  • imaginal experience
  • self-efficacy
  • self-regulation
  • verbal persuasion
  • vicarious experience
  • well-being

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