ERIC Number: ED201904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-5
Giving Stress Away: Results of a Five-Week Stress Course.
Motiff, James P.
A 5-week, 12-hour course given to the community emphasized understanding and coping with stress. At the beginning of the course several inventories were administered to the students, who also completed the instruments in a follow-up procedure 10-12 weeks after the end of the seminar. The course focused on recognition of stress signals and the practice of relaxation and other coping strategies taught in a Stimulus-Organism-Response model. Follow-up assessment of behavior changes found significant changes in several dimensions of the SCL-90 and in the Autonomic Nervous System Questionnaire, indicating more effective coping with stress. Specific behaviors leading to a reported lessening of stress and a higher level of wellness also occurred, including the practice of relaxation, physical exercise, better nutrition, more effort toward self-development, a perception of less stress, and more positive responses to the handling of stress. Data indicated that a 5-week course on stress had effects which endured for at least 12 weeks. The course positively affected the students' perceptions of their progress in lessening the effects of stress on their lives and in handling stress more effectively. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).