Term of Award

Summer 2019

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Department

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Jessica Brooks

Committee Member 1

Janice Steirn

Committee Member 2

Lawrence Locker

Abstract

People experience stress on a daily basis. If not properly managed, stress can lead to disturbances in cognitive functioning, mood-related problems, obesity, and heart disease. Guided imagery has been shown to be an effective technique to help people recover from stress. The literature on guided imagery, however, does not take the theme of the guided imagery script into account. Additionally, there are gaps in the research regarding any interaction between rurality and mood, stress, and guided imagery. A repeated measures MANOVA was conducted to test the main aim of this study; that is, to determine if theme of guided imagery influences self-reports of stress and mood following an ego-depletion task. Results revealed no effect of condition (guided imagery) on self-reported stress and mood, but revealed an effect of time (i.e., 10 minutes) on self-reported stress and mood. These results suggest that 10 minutes of rest may have the same stress-reducing effect as guided imagery.

Research Data and Supplementary Material

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