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Date of Award
Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted
Master of Arts (M.A.)
First Committee Member
Martin T. Gipson
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Third Committee Member
Previous investigations of biofeedback and relaxation for diabetics to control blood sugar level have been contradictory. The present study hypothesized that diabetics determined as high anxious would lower their blood sugar levels significantly, as compared to a low anxious group. Twelve participants, 34 to 70 years old, were divided into high and low anxious groups according to scores on four paper and pencil measures. For 6 weeks biofeedback-assisted relaxation was administered to both groups and a multivariate analysis of variance was conducted. The hypothesis was not supported. Three of 12 decreased blood sugar levels over treatment. A regression analysis was conducted to examine the variables those 3 participants had in common, yielding a multiple R of.96 (p (is less than) .001) between the reducers and the non-reducers. Reducers had (in order of importance in the regression equation) more monthly hassles; were less distancing, more confrontive, and more accepting of responsibility in their ways of coping; were less trait anxious; and experienced more anxiety-related affect. Inferences about the possible influences these variables had on success in treatment are discussed, and implications for future research are presented.
Foster, Monica L.. (1990). The effects of biofeedback-assisted relaxation on high and low anxious diabetics. University of the Pacific, Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/2956
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