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Table 2 Prevalence, days and hours engaged in the arts in the previous 12 months (n = 702)

From: The art of being mentally healthy: a study to quantify the relationship between recreational arts engagement and mental well-being in the general population

Arts engagement measure Attendance Participation Learning Work or volunteera Member Overall arts engagement
Prevalence of arts engagement in the previous 12 months 77.8 % 48.4 % 11.4 % 11.0 % 10.3 % 82.9 %
Days engaged in the arts in the previous 12 months Mean 5.66 20.67 1.76 2.63 2.35 33.06
SD 8.33 46.17 7.94 10.82 9.19 56.93
Median 3.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 9.00
IQR 6.00 21.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 37.00
Hours per day engaged in the arts in the previous 12 months Mean 2.28 1.39 0.39 0.44 0.29 2.44
SD 1.84 1.94 1.29 1.61 0.95 1.81
Median 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.07
IQR 2.00 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.85
Hours engaged in the arts in the previous 12 months Mean 16.09 63.32 5.32 9.04 7.02 100.80
SD 25.11 170.99 26.93 45.47 30.92 205.99
Median 8.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 23.00
IQR 18.00 48.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 96.00
  1. SD standard deviation, IQR interquartile range
  2. aNon-professional artist