The Biofeedback Therapy on Academic Stress among Graduate Students
K Jayasankara Reddy*
Department of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India
*Corresponding Author: K Jayasankara Reddy, Department of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India.
April 10, 2021; Published: May 27, 2021
The study aimed at understanding the effects of Biofeedback therapy, as an intervention strategy, on academic stress of undergraduate college students in Bangalore, India. Bangalore has been dealing with an increase in student suicide rates and academic stress has been touted to be one of the reasons for this increase. Moreover, academic stress is also linked with increased anxiety and depressive symptoms. Biofeedback therapy is a relatively new method of treatment, which utilizes modern technology to address various issues such as stress, by helping the individual self-regulate and monitor their own bodily processes thereby, reducing stress. Students with higher levels of academic stress were screened using the Academic stress scale . Thirty-one undergraduate students with high levels of academic stress participated in the study. Participants were trained for ten sessions of Biofeedback intervention by monitoring heart rate variability and relaxation exercises. Perceived academic stress was measured in the pre and post test setting by using the Perceived stress scale . Data collected was analyzed using t-test and significant results were found.
Keywords: Academic Stress; Biofeedback Therapy; HRV Training
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