Psychosomatic accommodation for improvement in mood states of undergraduates

Jun Hong Wang, Yi Yuan Tang, Hong Bo Feng, Yao Lin, Ying Hua Ma, Qi Lin Lu, Shi Gang Feng, Jue Jin

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Aim: Psychosomatic disorganization has influenced the quality of people's life badly. To analyze the influence on undergraduate's mood states in order to find a method to modulate this situation. Methods: 1 A total of 99 junior students were selected from Dalian University of Technology in May 2006. Subjects who agreed with participating in this trial had not attended any training before or taken any medicine in one week. They were randomly divided into two groups: there were 55 subjects in the moderate training group, and 44 subjects in the blank control group. The two groups were not significant on either sex or age (P > 0.05). 2 Moderate training group took training. They needed to choose a comfortable and normal sitting posture, relax completely, calm down, adjust breath slowly and follow the guide words in CD, however, they need not pay too much attention to the guide words. The guide words included how to adjust the body, thought, attitude and rhythmical abdominal breath, how to syncretise into the nature. At last, it was the tag. The whole process lasted thirty minutes once per day for five continuous days. Each subject was instructed individually. In addition, in order to insure they could master the correct method and avoid disturbance, they trained together. 3 Blank control group did not do any training in five days with normal life. 4 Subjects in the two groups had done the Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire both before and after the experiment. POMS questionnaire that used to reflect the mood states of the subjects was Neurobehavioral Core Test Battery, including 65 questions, and every question was divided into five levels (the higher the level was, the stronger the emotion would be). Analyzing the result, we got six subsets' scores, respectively Tension-Anxiety (T), Depression-Dejection (D), Anger-Hostility (A), Fatigue-Inertia (F), Confusion-Bewilderment (C) and Vigor-Activity (V). The first five subsets stood for the negative mood states, and the last one stood for positive mood states. The internal consistency coefficient of those subsets was from 0.85-0.87, and the test-retest reliability was from 0.65-0.74. According to the six subsets, the total score of the questionnaire which was equal to subtract positive scores from negative scores and plus one hundred could be calculated. Results: Totally 11 subjects in the moderate training group were excluded for they had not finished the training, and then a total of 88 subjects were involved in the analysis of results. 1 Comparison of POMS score in the two groups before and after operation: There were no significant difference between them before the experiment (P > 0.05), suggesting that the mood states of all the students were similar. After the experiment, the total scores of the moderate training group fell down clearly (t=4.804, P=0.000), and the blank control group did not exist significant difference (t=1.813, P > 0.05). 2 Group variance analysis of POMS subsets scores after the experiment: Compared to the blank control group, there were five subsets obvious improvement in the moderate training group, respectively in T, D, V, A, C(F=4.026-5.175, P < 0.05), while F did not change evidently (F=0.095, P > 0.05). Conclusion: Psychosomatic accommodation can help alleviate pressure on subjects to improve depression, improve physical vitality and enhance the ability to deal with stress event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-39
Number of pages4
JournalChinese Journal of Clinical Rehabilitation
Issue number46
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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