Self-instructed relaxation: A therapeutic alternative

Bryan Hiebert, James Cardinal, Larry Dumka, Ronald W Marx

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Abstract

A self-instructed relaxation program was compared with therapist-instructed relaxation and waiting list controls. Self-report anxiety measures (IPAT and STAI) and a psychophysiological stress profile (frontal EMG, GSR, heart rate, finger temperature monitored under relaxation and stressor conditions) were utilized pre- and posttreatment to determine efficacy. Self-monitored heart rate, respiration rate, and finger temperature were used to monitor home practice sessions. Subjects reported increased ability to relax and control stress; however, frontal EMG measured under stressor conditions was the only dependent measure to confirm this perception. No between-group differences on any other dependent measures were observed. Reliable changes on all self-monitored home practice measures were observed, suggesting that this procedure is a useful gauge of home practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-617
Number of pages17
JournalBiofeedback and Self-Regulation
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • relaxation
  • self-instruction
  • stress control
  • stress profile

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Self-instructed relaxation : A therapeutic alternative. / Hiebert, Bryan; Cardinal, James; Dumka, Larry; Marx, Ronald W.

In: Biofeedback and Self-Regulation, Vol. 8, No. 4, 12.1983, p. 601-617.

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Hiebert, Bryan ; Cardinal, James ; Dumka, Larry ; Marx, Ronald W. / Self-instructed relaxation : A therapeutic alternative. In: Biofeedback and Self-Regulation. 1983 ; Vol. 8, No. 4. pp. 601-617.
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