The psychological differences between long-term practitioners of a meditation/relaxation technique and non-practitioners
AuthorHess, Helen Angela Coltrin
AdvisorParsons, L. Claire
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA comparative descriptive design study was undertaken to determine if there were psychological differences between long-term (more than 5 years) practitioners of a meditation/relaxation technique and non-practitioners. Two groups of 10 subjects each, were carefully matched by age (50-59), sex (female), and ethnicity (Euro-American), and screened for situational stressors, illnesses, lifestyle practices, and medication usage. Psychological distress symptoms were measured by the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised. Data analysis were performed using independent t tests and the Mann-Whitney U-Wilcoxon Rank Sum W test. No statistically significant psychological differences were found between the practitioner and non-practitioner groups. Both groups' scores indicated minimal psychological distress. Limitations (sample size and insensitivity of the instrument for this sample) may have contributed to the lack of findings between the two groups. More research is needed to determine if there are any psychological differences between practitioners of a meditation/relaxation technique and non-practitioners.
Degree ProgramGraduate College