Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effect of frustration reduction techniques on self-reported mood scales and physiological responses
by Broadhurst, Emily H., M.A., University of the Pacific, 2014, 77; 1558976
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore treatment options for aggression-related disorders. Two activities were examined to validate their use as frustration-reduction techniques --yoga and therapeutic drumming. Twenty-two college students were randomly assigned to participate in one of three groups--yoga, drumming, or silence (control)--following experimentally-induced frustration using a computerized Stroop color-word technique. Self-reported emotion levels and physiological responses were tracked at baseline, post-frustration, and post-treatment to measure responses to treatment. Results indicate that self-reported frustration levels were significantly reduced in all experimental groups, but physiologic responses showed no significant changes. A Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) indicated no significant difference in lowered frustration for any of the treatment groups, suggesting that they are equally effective. These results also suggest that the passage of time may be key to successful emotion regulation. Further study should examine control variables and methodology to identify other factors that may be involved in regulating aggressive emotions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Waldon, Eric G.
Commitee: Brittin, Ruth V., Hsiao, Feilin
School: University of the Pacific
Department: Music Therapy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology, Experimental psychology
Keywords: Aggression, Emotion regulation, Music therapy, Therapeutic drumming, Treatment, Yoga
Publication Number: 1558976
ISBN: 9781303996535
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