Improving academic performance and mental health through a stress management intervention.
Researchers from the Department of Psychology, University of Bath, UK, conducted a study with 209 pupils to see if a stress management training program could improve their academic performance. The students were randomly assigned to either a cognitive behaviorally based stress management intervention (SMI) group, or a non-intervention control group.
Also, as predicted, an increase in motivation accounted for the SMI group''s significantly better performance on the standardized, academic assessments that comprise the United Kingdom''s General Certificate of Secondary Education. Indeed, the magnitude of this enhanced performance was, on average, a full letter grade higher.
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award
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