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ERIC Number: EJ813769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
The Evaluation of Four Mind/Body Intervention Strategies to Reduce Perceived Stress among College Students
Winterdyk, John; Ray, Heather; Lafave, Lynne; Flessati, Sonya; Huston, Michael; Danelesko, Elaine; Murray, Christina
College Quarterly, v11 n1 p1-10 Win 2008
We examined the effectiveness of four distinct mind/body interventions on reported perceived stress, anxiety, and health promoting behaviours in college students. Ninety students were randomly assigned to one of four experimental groups (i.e., nutritional, exercise, relaxation, or cognitive behavioural therapy). There were approximately 18 students per experimental group and 18 participants in the control group. All five groups completed four pre-assessment instruments (i.e., the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90), Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), and the Demographics and Health Habits Survey). Upon completing their respective 6-week intervention programs, 70% of the participants returned to complete the post-assessment. ANOVA results indicated that the nutrition education and relaxation response modalities produced the greatest improvement. Overall, all the mind/body training methods proved to assist college students in their perceived levels of stress. We conclude with a number of recommendations for future research. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A