Crafts and Generative Expression: A Qualitative Study of the Meaning of Creativity in Women Who Make Jewelry in Midlife

The purpose of this study was to examine beliefs about creative activity and its psychological and spiritual benefits among middle-aged women who make jewelry, using qualitative measures. Twenty-nine female participants aged 31 to 64 answered questions about the effects of jewelry making on their lives. Qualitative responses provided phenomenological evidence to indicate the role that creative activities play in achieving generativity needs, such as validation from others, and social connection (with God or to others). Creative activities were also said to reduce stress and increase self-esteem. These benefits are discussed from a developmental perspective.