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Research indicates TM is a tool for student health and well-being
by Mario Orsatti
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8 July 2011
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The article features a new research study that found that the simple, easily-learned Transcendental Meditation Technique reduced stress levels, trait anxiety, depression, and 'perfectionistic thinking, among 43 college students participating in a two-semester study at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The research was published in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy (Vol 25, Issue 2, April through June 2011).
'College students are trying to deal with unprecedented levels of stress,' said lead researcher Dr. Jaimie Burns, Assistant Director of the Trinity Counseling Center. 'They are going through a transitional time in life and are trying to navigate through intense academic and personal growth challenges. . . .
''We are always evaluating tools to find out what works and how well they work. Our question was, will a tool like Transcendental Meditation really work? Our goal was to carefully, objectively, assess how effective TM would be, and we were impressed with the results, especially in the areas of trait anxiety and perfectionistic thinking,'' she said.
''Mental health professionals often have difficulty helping people with this kind of dispositional anxiety,'' said Dr. Burns. ''To find something that helps these people is a significant problem because it's entrenched in them. Therapy generally does not help. This is why the effect of TM practice in this study was impressive. . . . What made the findings even more impressive was that our post-testing took place at the end of a semester around the time of the students' final exams when one would expect stress levels to be heightened.''
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