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Comparing Brief Stress Management Courses in a Community Sample: Mindfulness Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation

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  • Additional Information
    • Affiliation:
      1 Mental Health Service, Togus VA Medical Center, Augusta, ME
      2 Department of Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY
    • Keywords:
      Mindfulness
      stress management
      meditation
      muscle relaxation
    • Abstract:
      This study sought to compare a five-week mindfulness meditation (MM) course to a five-week course that taught progressive muscle relaxation (PMR). Forty-three adults from the community were randomly assigned to either MM (n = 19) or PMR (n = 24) courses after responding to flyers and other advertisements for a free stress management course. Mindfulness meditation participants practiced meditation significantly more often than PMR participants practiced relaxation during the intervention period ( F[1, 43] = 7.42; P < .05). Interestingly, the two conditions did not differ significantly in their posttreatment levels of relaxation or mindfulness. Although there were no differences between groups on any of the primary outcome measures, across both treatment conditions there were statistically significant reductions from pretreatment to posttreatment in general psychological distress. Thus, although MM did not emerge as clearly superior to PMR, results of this study suggest that a brief mindfulness skills course may be effective for stress management.
    • ISSN:
      1550-8307
    • Accession Number:
      10.1016/j.explore.2008.12.004
    • Accession Number:
      S1550830708003856
    • Copyright:
      Published by Elsevier Inc.
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      AGEE, J. D.; DANOFF-BURG, S.; GRANT, C. A. Comparing Brief Stress Management Courses in a Community Sample: Mindfulness Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, [s. l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 104–109, 2009. DOI 10.1016/j.explore.2008.12.004. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edselp&AN=S1550830708003856. Acesso em: 24 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Agee JD, Danoff-Burg S, Grant CA. Comparing Brief Stress Management Courses in a Community Sample: Mindfulness Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. 2009;5(2):104-109. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2008.12.004
    • APA:
      Agee, J. D., Danoff-Burg, S., & Grant, C. A. (2009). Comparing Brief Stress Management Courses in a Community Sample: Mindfulness Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 5(2), 104–109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2008.12.004
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Agee, John D., Sharon Danoff-Burg, and Christoffer A. Grant. 2009. “Comparing Brief Stress Management Courses in a Community Sample: Mindfulness Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation.” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 5 (2): 104–9. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2008.12.004.
    • Harvard:
      Agee, J. D., Danoff-Burg, S. and Grant, C. A. (2009) ‘Comparing Brief Stress Management Courses in a Community Sample: Mindfulness Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation’, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 5(2), pp. 104–109. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2008.12.004.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Agee, JD, Danoff-Burg, S & Grant, CA 2009, ‘Comparing Brief Stress Management Courses in a Community Sample: Mindfulness Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation’, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 104–109, viewed 24 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Agee, John D., et al. “Comparing Brief Stress Management Courses in a Community Sample: Mindfulness Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation.” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, vol. 5, no. 2, Jan. 2009, pp. 104–109. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.explore.2008.12.004.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Agee, John D., Sharon Danoff-Burg, and Christoffer A. Grant. “Comparing Brief Stress Management Courses in a Community Sample: Mindfulness Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation.” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 5, no. 2 (January 1, 2009): 104–9. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2008.12.004.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Agee JD, Danoff-Burg S, Grant CA. Comparing Brief Stress Management Courses in a Community Sample: Mindfulness Skills and Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing [Internet]. 2009 Jan 1 [cited 2020 Oct 24];5(2):104–9. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edselp&AN=S1550830708003856