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Impact of Yoga on Psychological Health in Older Adults

Title: The Impact of Yoga on Psychological Health in Older Adults.
Name(s): Bonura, Kimberlee Bethany, author
Tenenbaum, Gershon, professor directing dissertation
Charness, Neil, outside committee member
Kelly, F. Donald, committee member
Eklund, Robert, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Currently, 17% of individuals over age 50, and 6% of individuals over age 65, have tried mind-body therapies (Wolsko et al., 2004); 16.5% of yoga practitioners are age 54 or older (Saper et al., 2004). National survey data indicates a large portion of mind-body therapy users implement these practices for the management of disorders, which are either psychological or psychosomatic. Among yoga practitioners, 63.7% reported implementing yoga techniques for wellness and preventative benefits, and 47.9% reported implementing yoga techniques for the management of specific health conditions. Because increasing numbers of older adults are engaged in yoga, it is important to understand how yoga impacts this population. Older adults (N = 98; Mean age = 77.04, SD = 7.28) were randomly assigned to 3 groups: Chair Yoga, Chair Exercise, and no-treatment control group. Classes were held for 45-minute weekly sessions, over six weeks, and daily home practice was supported. All participants were assessed pre-intervention, post-intervention, and at one-month follow-up for anger, anxiety, depression, well-being, general self-efficacy, and self-efficacy for daily living. Time by group interactions were significant for all trait variables. Yoga participants improved more than both exercise and control participants, in anger (ES = 1.01, 0.12, and 0.11 respectively, from pretest to posttest; and 0.89, -0.01, and 0.17 from pretest to follow-up), anxiety (ES = 0.58, 0.31, 0.18, and 0.89, 0.28, 0.27), depression (ES = 0.53, 0.07, 0.05, and 0.54, 0.01, 0.04), well-being (ES = 0.49, 0.36, 0.01, and 0.53, 0.28, -0.08), general self-efficacy (ES = 0.98, 0.35, -0.12, and 0.73, 0.43, -0.12), and self-efficacy for daily living (ES = 0.87, 0.35, 0.07, and 0.51, 0.24, 0.09). Changes in self-control were associated with changes in general self-efficacy and trait anxiety. Self-control is proposed as a mechanism underlying the impact of yoga on psychological health.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3549 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: April 24, 2007.
Keywords: Well-being, Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Psychological Health, Senior Citizens, Yoga, Mindfulness, Exercise, Older Adults, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, CAM, Physiological Arousal, Mindful Fitness, Self-Efficacy, Self-Control, Self-Efficacy for Daily Living, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Heart Rate
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Gershon Tenenbaum, Professor Directing Dissertation; Neil Charness, Outside Committee Member; F. Donald Kelly, Committee Member; Robert Eklund, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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