Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School
Health Promotion and Human Performance
Roberta Faust, Ph.D., Chair
Brenda Riemer, Ph.D.
Joan Cowdery, Ph.D.
Stress is a problem for many children in our society. Previous research has shown how yoga can be used to help reduce stress levels. Twenty-seven fourth- and fifth-grade students from an urban elementary school participated in a three-week yoga unit during their physical education class, as a stress management unit. Using a repeated measures design, the participants’ self-perceived stress level, stress coping skills, and perception of yoga was measured. The current study found no significant change in the participants’ self-perceived stress level or stress coping skills after the yoga implementation. There was a significant change in student perceptions of yoga as both physical activity and for relaxation purposes. During the pre-test, 41.8 % of participants viewed yoga as both physical activity and relaxation; this number increased to 77.8% at the post-test six weeks later.
Smith-Vogtmann, Holly, "The effects of yoga on children’s self-perceived stress and coping abilities" (2009). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 246.