Murray State Theses and Dissertations

Abstract

The relationship between creativity and impairment in quality of life due to psychological disorder has an unclear relationship. Some studies indicate creativity and psychopathology have a significant relationship (Andreasen, 1987) while other studies indicate the two having no connection at all (Karlsson, 1970). The current study examined (1) what direct correlations exist between creative achievement and quality of life impairment, psychological inflexibility and quality of life impairment, and symptoms of psychoticism and quality of life impairment, and (2) how the indirect relationship between creative achievement and quality of life impairment in the context of symptoms of psychoticism changes at varying levels of psychological inflexibility. Data collected from Murray State University revealed significant positive correlations between creative achievement and quality of life impairment, psychological inflexibility and quality of life impairment, and symptoms of psychoticism and quality of life impairment. Furthermore, the data revealed that the indirect relationship between creative achievement and quality of life impairment in the context of symptoms of psychoticism was affected by psychological inflexibility when medium to high scores of psychological inflexibility were present. Limitations of the current study and future research are discussed.

Year manuscript completed

2018

Year degree awarded

2018

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Thesis Advisor

Michael Bordieri

Committee Chair

Michael Bordieri

Committee Member

Laura Liljequist

Committee Member

Patrick Cushen

Committee Member

Brent Menchinger

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