Guided Imagery for Enhancing Health and Health Seeking Behaviors of Employees in the Worksetting
Review TypeNone: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2019-06-06T13:34:29Z
Author(s)Vines, Susan Wanda
Author DetailsSusan Wanda Vines, PhD, RN, QTTP
Level of EvidenceQuasi-Experimental Study, Other
Research ApproachQuantitative Research
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an intervention program in the worksetting using guided imagery to enhance the health and health-seeking behaviors of employees. The health indicators for this study were multidimensional and included the following (a) blood pressure and pulse, (b) personal lifestyle practices, (c) self perception of health, and (d) psychological health status. The relationship and fluctuation of these dependent measures were tracked over a nine month time period. Observations were taken every two weeks from month 1 through the middle of month 5. Two additional data collection time periods were in months 7 and 9. A convenience sample of 68 subjects was drawn from four separate corporations in Eastern Massachusetts. An attrition rate of 10% resulted in a sample size of n = 27 for the experimental group and n = 34 for the waitlist control group. The initial results showed that across the ten time periods the experimental group reported significantly more psychological distress in 2 of the 8 psychological categories (a) obsessive-compulsive (p < .047) and (b) positive distress symptoms (p > .02). At the univariate level, the experimental group reported significantly more distress in the following categories (a) depression, (b) paranoid ideation, (c) obsessive-compulsive, and (d) positive symptom total. These group differences occurred at midpoint in the experiment (times 5, 6 and 7). However, during the last four time periods the treatment groups reported psychological distress declined. In addition, at midpoint of the study, the experimental group reported significantly higher scores in the combined multivariate effects of the following categories: (a) anxiety, somatization, and systolic pressure; (b) anxiety and interpersonal sensitivity; and (c) paranoid sensitivity, obsessive-compulsive, and interpersonal sensitivity. Although the treatment subjects' general health perceptions and lifestyle behaviors did not show significant improvement above the controls', during the final phase of the research their perceived health outlook and perceived resistance to illness mean levels did increase. These results indicated that subjects practicing guided imagery reported an increased awareness to internal cues as well as heightened awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and past events. The practice of guided imagery provided many participants (although not statistically conclusive) with an improved sense of well-being. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 8709529; ProQuest document ID: 303544959. The author still retains copyright. In all cases this material has been filmed in the best possible way from the available copy. Problems with this copy may include: pages with black marks not on the original copy, indistinct, broken or small print on several pages, and pages with print at a slant.
Advisor(s)Cowling, W. Richard
Degree GrantorCase Western Reserve University
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
Visits vs Downloads
Visitors - World Map
Top Visiting Countries
Top Visiting Cities
Visits (last 6 months)
Downloads (last 6 months)
Popular Works for Vines, Susan Wanda by View
Popular Works for Vines, Susan Wanda by Download
The citations below are meant to be used as guidelines. Patrons must make any necessary corrections before using. Pay special attention to personal names, capitalization, and dates. Always consult appropriate citation style resources for the exact formatting and punctuation guidelines.