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

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Authors: Jill Riley, Betsan Corkhill and Clare Morris
Date: Feb. 2013
From: British Journal of Occupational Therapy(Vol. 76, Issue 2)
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd. (UK)
Document Type: Report
Length: 5,992 words

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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. Key words: Occupation, mood, cognitive ability, skill.

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Riley, Jill, et al. "The benefits of knitting for personal and social wellbeing in adulthood: findings from an international survey." British Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol. 76, no. 2, Feb. 2013, pp. 50+. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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