EFFECTIVENESS OF SELECTED STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES ON COGNITIVE AND PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS OF STRESS

Kasthuri S

Abstract


An experimental study design with the purpose to find out prevalence and compare cognitive and physical symptoms of stress among B.Sc (Nursing) students in selected nursing college at Srikakulam town, Andhra Pradesh was performed. Stress management techniques training were given to nursing students in experimental group daily for a period of 6 weeks.. The study identified that there is significant decrease in post-test cognitive symptoms of stress in experimental group like indecisiveness, inability to concentrate, poor judgment, trouble thinking clearly, seeing only negative side of the issues, anxious or racing thoughts, constant worrying, loss of objectivity, fearful anticipation that something happens (p<0.05). There is also significant decrease in post-test physical symptoms of stress in experimental group like headache, backache, muscle tension and stiffness, diarrhea, insomnia, chest pain, rapid pulse, weight loss and hair fall(p<0.05). The chi-square values  for post-test cognitive symptoms for Experimental and Control groups shows statistical significance at 0.05 level of significance for   inability to concentrate (9.33), trouble thinking clearly (0.03), anxious or racing thoughts (1.94) and fearful anticipation that something happens (4.48). The post-test physical symptoms chi-square values for Experimental and Control groups shows statistical significance at 0.05 level for physical symptoms like headache (20.18), backache (12.18), muscle tension and stiffness (4.63), diarrhea (4.75), constipation (6.11), dizziness (6.88), insomnia (34.18), chest pain (7.92) and  rapid pulse (47.23). As there was significant decrease in cognitive and physical symptoms of stress, stress management techniques are effective.

Keywords


Stress management techniques, Cognitive Symptoms, Physical Symptoms, Stress, effectiveness.

Full Text:

PDF

References


American psychological Association (2014). Stress: The different kinds of stress. Available: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-kinds.aspx

Dalal Bashir, M. Y, Shirroq M. J, Seqlia Mohammad Eser (2016) Predictors of coping strategies among nursing college students at AL-Zaytoonah university of Jordan. Journal of Education and Practice. 7, (15): Available: ISSN 2222-288X (online).

Damayanthi, H. D. W.T, (2014) Perceived stressors among undergraduate nursing students, university of Peradeniya. Sri Lanka. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, 4(6): Available: ISSN 2250-3153(online).

Innes, J. M., (1998). A qualitative insight into the experience of post graduate radiography students. Causes of stress and methods of coping. Radiography 4, p. 89-100.

Keller, A, Litzelman, K, Wisk, L.E, Maddox, T, Cheng, E.R, Creswell, P.D and Witt, W.P. (2011). Does the perception that stress affects health matter? The association with health and mortality. Health Psychology .31(5), p.677-684.

Naill, D, Galbrith and Katherine, E. B., (2011) Assessing intervention effectiveness for reducing stress in student nurses: quantitative systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Available: DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05549.x.

Pratibha, P, Kane (2009) Stress causing psychosomatic illness among nurses. Indian J occup. environ med, 13(1), p.28-32. Available: DOI:10.4103/0019-5278.50721.

Rajesh Kumar and Nancy (2011) Stress and coping strategies among nursing students. Nursing and Midwifery Research Journal. 7(4).


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Copyright © 2017 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH JOURNAL