Original Research - Special Collection: Culture and Psychology Education

The influence of Chinese ancient poetry and literature on college students’ mental anxiety

Jie Chen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 4 | a8837 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i4.8837 | © 2023 Jie Chen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 April 2023 | Published: 22 August 2023

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Jie Chen, Chinese Teaching and Research Office, Zhumadian Preschool Education College, Zhumadian, China


This study analyses the influence and infection of traditional Chinese culture, starting from the cultural influence of ancient Chinese poetry and literature, and explores the impact and healing effect of traditional Chinese poetry and literature on college students’ psychological anxiety. Combining with traditional Chinese culture, it proposes intervention and treatment strategies for college students’ psychological anxiety. Through volunteer recruitment, 100 college students were recruited for comparative experiments, and the subjects were divided into an experimental group and a control group. The experimental group participants regularly participate in Chinese ancient poetry and literature appreciation courses during the experimental period, and form an ancient poetry and literature learning group for discussion and learning. Research has found that psychological anxiety is a common psychological problem among contemporary college students, with most of them experiencing varying degrees of psychological anxiety. After the experiment, the number of patients with severe anxiety disorder decreased by 64.21%, while the number of patients with moderate anxiety disorder decreased by 57.36%. Under the artistic influence of traditional Chinese culture, the anxiety state of students with mental anxiety has been significantly improved, and the overall satisfaction score of students with treatment intervention plans is relatively high.

Contribution: This study uses the profound historical heritage of Chinese ancient poetry and literature to help contemporary college students adjust their psychological state and reach the psychological adjustment under the infection of Chinese tradition culture. During the learning and appreciation of Chinese ancient poetry, literature and culture, students can comprehend the literature advancement in Chinese society, also influenced by the excellent traditional Chinese culture, for enhancing the humanistic quality and mental health level. The results of this study can be utilised by scholars in the field of the psychology of religion and public theology.


traditional culture; ancient poetry; college student; spiritual level; mental anxiety; literature; art therapy; psychological intervention.

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