AuthorBehrens, Scott Edward, 1968-
KeywordsEducation, Educational Psychology.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe major purpose of this study was to determine whether exercise could help alleviate stress when performed on a regular basis. The subjects of the study were 30 University of Arizona students between the ages of 18 and 35. The study was conducted in a Pre-Post Control Group design. Regular exercise consisted of an individual routine worked out with a trainer. The exercise program was designed to raise the heart rate 50-70% of capacity for a duration of 20 consecutive minutes a minimum of three times a week for three weeks. The data consisted of four measures, the Beck Anxiety Inventory, a self-rating of stress, a stress inventory, and blood pressure. The results of this study showed that, while subjects perceived a reduction of stress, there were no significant changes in levels of stress as measured by the pre-post instruments. While previous studies have shown exercise to have important health benefits, the conclusion of the present study suggested that, although the experimental group showed a significant change in perception of stress, the other instruments revealed no significant change.
Degree ProgramGraduate College