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Effects of Yoga on Stress, Depression, and Health-Related Quality of Life in a Nonclinical, Bi-Ethnic Sample of Adolescents: A Pilot Study

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The objective of this study was to assess the effect of yoga on stress, depressive symptoms, and health-related quality of life (HRQL) in a nonclinical, bi-ethnic sample of adolescents. Fifty-five students (13.9 ± 1.9 years, 50% girls, 49% Hispanic) attending one rural public high school received either 2 weeks of yoga followed by 2 weeks removal or 2 weeks of no treatment followed by 2 weeks of yoga. Primary outcome measures were the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), and HRQL–KINDL. Significant ( < .05) treatment effects were observed for PSS, the overall KINDL HRQL, and physical health, general feelings, and self-esteem KINDL subscales. Despite short program exposure, acute changes in mental health indicators were observed and continued after 2 weeks of treatment removal.

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El objetivo del presente estudio fue evaluar el efecto del Yoga sobre el estrés, síntomas de depresión y calidad de vida relacionada con salud (CVRS) en una muestra bi-étnica de adolescentes. Cincuenta y cinco estudiantes (13.9 ± 1.9años, 50% mujeres, 49% hispanos) de una escuela pública rural recibieron 2 semanas de Yoga (tratamiento) seguidas por 2 semanas de no-tratamiento, o 2 semanas de no-tratamiento seguidas por 2 semanas de Yoga. Las mediciones del resultado se realizaron utilizando la Escala de Depresión del Centro de Estudios Epidemiológicos, la escala de Percepción de Estrés (PSS), y HRQL–KINDL. El tratamiento mostró efectos estadísticamente significativos (p < .05) para KINDL HRQL, salud física, sentimientos generales, y autoestima determinada mediante las subescalas KINDL. A pesar del de la corta exposición al programa diseñado, cambio agudos en indicadores de salud mental fueron observados los que continuaron después de 2 semanas de ser retirado el tratamiento.
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Keywords: COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES; DEPRESSION; MENTAL HEALTH; YOUTH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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