Yoga and Cognitive-behavioral Interventions to Reduce Stress in Incoming College Students: A Pilot Study

Crystal L. Park, Kristen E. Riley, Tosca D. Braun, Ji Yeon Jung, Hyungyung G. Suh, Linda S. Pescatello, Michael H. Antoni

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Abstract

We examined the feasibility and differential efficacy of cognitive-behavioral stress management (CBSM) and yoga for first-year college students to reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. Thirty-four incoming first-year female students were assigned to 8 weeks of yoga, CBSM, or a wait-list control. Assessments were made at baseline, end of intervention, and 4 months after intervention end. Both CBSM and yoga produced salutary changes in psychosocial and behavioral health as well as health-related measures of physical function and activity relative to the control group. Stress-management interventions are feasible and highly regarded by first-year women and demonstrate promising effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12068
JournalJournal of Applied Biobehavioral Research
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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