Creativity research overlooks the study of resilience among young children: a bibliometric network review

Nicolas B. Verger*, Julie Roberts, Jane Guiller, Kareena McAloney-Kocaman

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Creativity researchers are increasingly interested in understanding when, how, and for whom creativity can be beneficial. Previous reviews have demonstrated that creativity research largely ignores the study of its impact on factors that promote health, and well-being among populations of adults. It is unclear, in fact, whether this gap in research also extends to creativity research among young children. This paper addresses this issue. Early childhood is a crucial stage for the cognitive development of young children who remain highly sensitive to stress, and adversity. It is therefore essential to identify and promote factors that are beneficial to early childhood resilience, thereby contributing to documenting more of the effects of creative activities on positive outcomes. This paper presents a review with a bibliometric analysis of 1000 randomly selected articles from the Web of Science, without bias towards any specific peer-reviewed journal. The analysis of 454 included articles shows that approximately 80% of the included studies focus on creativity as an outcome (replicating previous findings with a larger sample), with only 3.78% investigating creative activities as predictors among young children. In this small percentage, most of the studies addressed creative activities in young children related to resilience outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-113
Number of pages18
JournalThe Journal of Creative Behavior
Issue number1
Early online date8 Jan 2024
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • bibliometrics
  • bibliometric network review
  • early childhood
  • preschool
  • creativity
  • creative activities
  • resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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