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The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference in relaxation between subjects participating in music relaxation techniques (n=14) and subjects participating in their daily group sessions (n=13). Subjects consisted of 15 male and 12 female subjects assigned to one of the two groups mentioned above. Measurements of perceived anxiety and relaxation were taken by means of the State form of the State Trait Anxiety Inventory, a Visual Analogue Scale and a questionnaire written by the researcher. The experimental group used music with relaxation techniques such as Tense Release, Autogenic Training, Yoga Meditation, Passive Relaxation and Mindfulness Breathing exercises. Music was selected on the basis of being slow, quiet, non-vocal and/or claiming to be effective in relaxation. While the experimenter hypothesized subjects in the experimental group would show an increase in relaxation, there were no significant differences found between the two groups. Further study may develop more appropriate relaxation techniques useful to people with mental illnesses.
Day Treatment Facilities, Community Mental Health, Music Therapy, Relaxation, Stress Reduction, Mental Health
Date of Defense
June 14, 2004.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Jayne M. Standley, Professor Directing Thesis; Clifford Madsen, Committee Member; Dianne Gregory, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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