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Roberts, Thomas B.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Learning, Development, and Special Education


Anxiety; Relaxation


A corporate wellness program of anxiety redaction using a simple relaxation technique was conducted by the author at an international agribusiness. Corporate employees were selfselected for participation in an anxiety reduction seminar. The relaxation technique of daily sitting, which has been included as a control group in some meditation studies was taught by the author. Daily sitting is similar to meditation, but lacking in the utilization of a mental device (mantra) for focusing attention. Daily sitting consists of sitting quietly in a quiet environment for 15-20 minutes twice a day with the eyes closed. A group of co-workers was used as a control group, selected on the basis of similarity to the treatment group in the demographic characteristics of sex, age, and position in the company. Both groups were measured in self-reported trait anxiety with the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, A-Trait scale. The treatment group was significantly higher in self-reported trait anxiety than the control group at the beginning of the study. At six-week posttesting the treatment group showed a significant reduction in self-reported trait anxiety at the .05 level of statistical significance. There was no significant difference in trait anxiety "between the two groups at the posttesting session.


Includes bibliographical references.


v, 50 pages




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