- Mind magic: a pilot study of preventive mind-body-based stress reduction in behaviorally inhibited and activated children
- Journal of Holistic Nursing
- Volume | Issue number
- 30 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Research Institute of Child Development and Education (RICDE)
Purpose of study: The aim of this pilot study was to examine a mind-body-based preventive intervention program and to determine relationships between children's behavioral inhibition system (BIS) and behavioral activation system, stress, and stress reduction after the program. Design of study: Children participated in the program (n = 30) or in a control condition (n = 24). They filled out questionnaires before and after the program and reported their levels of stress before and after each of the five sessions. Method: The program consisted of weekly sessions. Each session incorporated yoga postures, visualization, and social exercises. Breathing techniques were integrated. Findings: Stress reductions were only seen in the intervention group and mainly in children with high BIS-irrespective of their behavioral activation system. Conclusion: The results demonstrate that children with high BIS may benefit from a mind-body-based stress reduction program.
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