A Stress Management Program with Qigong Element for Elementary School Teachers
September 26, 2013 -
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
conducted a study to explore the efficacy of implementing a stress management
program based on a combined approach using cognitive behavioral therapy and
complementary and alternative medicine for elementary school teachers who
experienced mild level of stress, anxiety and/or depressive symptoms in Hong
A quasi-experimental design was used to compare the
intervention groups (n=47) with the wait-list control groups (n=46).The primary
outcome measures were depression, anxiety and stress.
Results indicated that the intervention group had significant
reduction in depression, anxiety and stress when compared with the control
group. Participants in both groups demonstrated lowered level of salivary
cortisol at the post-assessment.
The pilot results provided preliminary support to the
multi-component stress management program in relieving affective symptoms of
teachers. The program may be considered as an initial strategy to empower
teachers with the abilities to cope with their affective symptoms. Further
evaluation using a better designed randomized study with a larger sample size is
This study is published by the Journal of the International
Society for the Investigation of Stress.