This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Effect of Preksha meditation on frustration of prisoners

Anshuman Sharma, Sapna Srivastava & B.P. Gaur — J.V.B.I (Deemed University), Ladnun.

The purpose of the present research work was to study the effect of Preksha Meditation (P.M.), a Jain technique of meditation, on frustration of prisoners. A multi-group, multi-level, pre and post-research design was adopted to conduct this study. A sample of 100 prisoners - 50 for experimental and 50 for control group - was used. The reaction to frustration scale (R.F.S.) of Dixit and Srivastava was administered on the subjects of both the groups prior to commencement of their respective treatments. The subjects of the experimental group were assigned the training of P.M. one hour daily for four months.. The reactions to frustration scale (R.F.S.) was re-administered on the subjects of both the groups at two stages of the experiment, i.e., at the end of two months and four months of their respective treatments. The subjects of both the groups were found homogenous on all the four areas of frustration at the initial stage of the study. After two months P.M. practice the subjects of the experimental group differed significantly from those of the control group as their frustration level decreased in all the four areas, viz.- aggression (p< .05), resignation (p< .0005), fixation (p< .10) and regression (p< .05) This level further decreased more significantly (p< .0005) in all the said areas after four months of P.M training.

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