The findings from this descriptive, phenomenologic study were derived from the daily logs and interviews with 36 participants who had been randomized to the GI group. Participants described the stressful nature of their lives.
Results demonstrated that the pregnant African American women perceived the guided imagery intervention as beneficial in reducing stress and associated symptoms.
The emergent themes suggested that the intervention offered a respite from their stressful lives; reduced negative emotional responses to stress; enhanced a sense of well-being; benefited other areas of daily living; and provided an opportunity to emotionally connect with the baby.
The researchers conclude that the results support the perceived efficacy of guided imagery as a stress coping intervention, positively perceived by a cohort of pregnant African American women. Additionally, they note that guided imagery is an economical intervention, and that is also easy to implement, access and use.
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