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A Pilot Study of the Feasibility and Effects of a Guided Imagery Intervention on Stress Management, Self-Compassion and Well-Being

Schnitzler, L.M. (2016) A Pilot Study of the Feasibility and Effects of a Guided Imagery Intervention on Stress Management, Self-Compassion and Well-Being.

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Abstract:Background As well-being is considered to be a protective factor against psychopathological diseases, there is an evident need for interventions that promote well-being in today’s society. Self-compassion and stress management play an important role in amplifying well-being. Therefore, this pilot study investigated the feasibility and effects of a single-session guided imagery intervention that is the first to combine elements to enhance all of the three components to promote positive mental health. Method The sample for this guided imagery intervention consisted of mentally healthy participants (N = 15) with a mean age of 42 years. To determine short-term effects, pre- and posttest measurements for perceived stress (PSS), self-compassion (SCS-SF) and well-being (MHC-SF & Flourishing scale) were conducted. Results Statistical significant differences in pre- and posttest measurements indicated that the intervention leads to increases in well-being (Cohen’s d = 1.21) and self-compassion (Cohen’s d = 1.38) Cohen’ d = as well as a reduction of perceives stress (Cohen’s d = -1.11). The overall feasibility of the guided imagery intervention was assessed to be very satisfactory by the participants. Conclusion The findings suggest that the guided imagery intervention presents an effective way to promote mental health in a single session. Further research in the form of an extensive randomized controlled trial is required to reliably determine long-term effects of the guided imagery.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71805
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