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Academic stress reduction by Jacobson's progressive muscle relaxation: A quasi experimental study

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Dept. of Paediatric Nursing, Yenepoya Nursing College, Yenepoya University, Mangaluru, INDIA
  • 2 Yenepoya Nursing College, Yenepoya University, Deralakatte, Karnataka state, Mangaluru, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Medical Sci., Volume 3, Issue (8), Pages 7-13, August,28 (2015)


Adolescence is a transitional stage, where a teen experiences extreme stress in almost every sphere of life. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of Jacobson’s progressive muscle relaxation technique on academic stress among the adolescents in selected schools of Mangaluru, Karnataka. Quasi experimental non randomised pre test post test control group design was adopted for the study and 100 adolescents studying in tenth standard were selected using non probability purposive sampling technique and 50 each were assigned in experimental and control group. After the pre test assessment of academic stress using the self administered stress rating scale, Jacobson’s progressive muscle relaxation technique was administered only to the experimental group for 10 days and then post test assessment of academic stress was conducted using the same scale. According to the present study, the mean post test stress scores (35.76 ± SD) in the experimental group were found to be lesser than the mean pre test stress scores (38.36 ± SD). However, the mean post test stress scores in the control group were found to be higher (38.16 ± SD) than the mean pre test stress scores (36.22 ± SD). The calculated ‘t’ value (t(98)= 7.15) was greater than the table value (t (98) =1.98) at 0.05 level of significance. It was thus proved that Jacobson’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique was effective in reducing the academic stress among the adolescents.


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