A Controlled Evaluation of Devotional Meditation and Progressive Relaxation

Volume
Volume 16
Issue
Winter 1988
Title
A Controlled Evaluation of Devotional Meditation and Progressive Relaxation
Abstract

The present study was conducted to determine the effects of devotional meditation (DM), defined as a period of prayer and quiet reading and pondering of biblical material, on physiological and psychological variables related to stress. It was hypothesized that religious persons engaging in DM experience physiological and psychological changes similar to those reported for persons using progressive relaxation (PR) exercises. Thirty-six participants, equally divided by sex into 3 groups: DM, PR, and a Wait List Control, underwent extensive psychophysiological assessment prior to and following a systematic introduction to either DM or PR. The hypothesis that DM could generate positive physiological and psychological effects similar to PR was partially confirmed. The results of the study are discussed in terms of the unique spiritual resources inherent among a Christian population that might foster physiological and psychological relaxation.

Authors
Dr. C.R. Carlson, P.E. Bacaseta and D.A. Simanton
Pages
362 - 368
Price
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