The present study investigated the efficacy of two brief intervention programs, biofeedback and mindfulness meditation, on levels of state anxiety and perceived stress in Thai nursing students beginning clinical training. Eighty-nine participants from a public nursing college in Thailand were randomly assigned to one of two experimental groups, biofeedback group or mindfulness meditation group, or a control group. All participants were given pre- and post-intervention surveys including demographic information, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (State Anxiety Scale), and Perceived Stress Scale. Results indicated that biofeedback significantly reduced anxiety and maintained stress levels in nursing students. Mindfulness meditation similarly reduced anxiety levels while also significantly reducing stress levels. Additionally, the biofeedback group exhibited significant reduction in anxiety levels among the three groups at post-intervention. Despite the stressors and demands nursing students can experience as they begin clinical practice, findings from this study support the effective use of biofeedback and mindfulness meditation interventions to assist nursing students in managing stress and anxiety.
|Commitee:||Hansuvadha, Nat, Kim, Simon|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Nursing|
|Keywords:||Anxiety, Biofeedback, Mindfulness meditation, Nursing students, Stress|
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