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A study on the effectiveness of a stress management programmefor College students

Silvia L Iglesias, Martin F Desimone, Luis E DIAZ, Sergio Azzara, Mario Squillace, Maria R Lores Arnais

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The purpose of this study was to obtain empirical evidence of the effects of a stress management programme on undergraduate Pharmacy and Biochemistry students. As a first stage, we evaluated beliefs, academic skills and personal stress involvement problems in 136 students. As a second stage, we designed a stress management pilot programme (SMPP) including psycho-educational  resources; coping  skills  training;  deep  breathing,  relaxation  and  guided  imaginary techniques; cognitivere structuring and time management. To evaluate the effects of the SMPP on students we assessed a set of variables before and after the treatment: Anxiety, anger, stress, coping strategies, helplessness, salivary cortisol and psycho-physiological reactivity levels. Towards the end of their SMPP exposure, students had lower levels of stress, anxiety, anger, neuroticism, helplessness and salivary cortisol. These results suggest that SMPP has a promising applicability to deal with high levels of stress, improving the students academic performance and health.


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Stress management;students;salivary cortisol; psycho-physiological reactivity


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