For Students, Qigong May Improve Self-Image and Reduce Distress and Stress
Aug 27, 2010 - In a new study published by the Journal of alternative and complementary medicine in its 2010 August issue, several researchers from Linnaeus University of Sweden tackled the psychological problems that they found were "increasing among students and have become a major problem in Sweden as well as in other Western countries". They explored whether Qigong exercise could have an effect on well-being at school, psychological distress, self-image, and general stress.
In their study, a group of 13 or 14 year old students were assigned to either a Qigong group or a control group. The Qigong group had scheduled Qigong 2 times a week for 8 weeks. Their self-reported well-being at school, psychological distress, self-image, and stress were measured before and after the intervention.
Results show that the control group had reduced well-being at school during the semester while the Qigong group was stable. The Qigong group also showed reduced psychological distress and stress, and had a tendency to improved self-image, whereas no changes were found in the control group.
Based on the results, the researchers concluded that Qigong, a meditative movement, is a possible way to improve well-being at school.