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 management of stress in teenagers

B. P. Gaur, R.B. Shah, M. Jain , & H. K. Ashar — J.V.B.I (Deemed University), Ladnun.

This pilot study investigates the effect of Preksha Meditation [herein after referred to as P.M.] on management of stress in teenage students. For this investigation, a simple pre and post-experimental design was adopted. A sample of 24 boys and girls were the subjects with mean age of 14 years, drawn from various parts of Mumbai. The Bisht Battery of Stress Scale [B.B.S.S.] was administered on the subjects prior to commencement of P.M. training. The subjects underwent P.M. practice for 16 days, three times a day. The subjects were re-tested on the aforesaid psychological test at the termination of treatment. The training of P.M. was imparted by trained instructors of P.M.. The results obtained reveal that due to the practice of P.M. for 16 days, the subjects experienced a reduction in stress in the areas of academy, family and achievement. They became more self-assured and confident. In the area of academy there was a reduction in their frustration level (p< .05) conflict (p< .05) and pressure experienced (p< .02). Further there was a reduction in the level of family frustration (p< .01) and family anxiety (p< .01). Their achievement frustration and anxiety were also reduced (.05 and .01 level of confidence) as well as the existential pressure (p< .01), due to P.M. practice.