Acute effects of qigong exercise on mood and anxiety

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Johansson, Mattias, Hassmen, Peter and Jouper, John. 2008. "Acute effects of qigong exercise on mood and anxiety." International Journal of Stress Management. 15 (2), pp. 199-207. https://doi.org/10.1037/1072-5245.15.2.199
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Acute effects of qigong exercise on mood and anxiety

ERA Journal ID6328
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsJohansson, Mattias (Author), Hassmen, Peter (Author) and Jouper, John (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Stress Management
Journal Citation15 (2), pp. 199-207
Number of Pages9
Year2008
Place of PublicationWashington, DC. United States
ISSN1072-5245
1573-3424
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1037/1072-5245.15.2.199
Web Address (URL)http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/str/15/2/199/
Abstract

Psychosocial stress may lead to increased rates of anxiety and depression. Aerobic exercise and mind-body therapies are frequently described as having positive effects on psychological well-being by enhancing mood and reducing anxiety. Few studies, however, have investigated the acute psychological effects of qigong exercise. Fifty-nine regular qigong exercisers (mean age 50.8 years) were randomized to a Qigong or Control group. Pre- and postmeasurements were then compared. POMS-Depression, Anger, and Fatigue, and STAI-State Anxiety scores decreased significantly in the Qigong group but not in the Control group. Results thereby suggest that qigong exercise can produce desirable psychological effects, and Qigong exercise may therefore be included among other activities performed to boost resistance to daily stressors.

Keywordsanxiety; emotion; mood; qi-training; qigong
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520107. Sport and exercise psychology
420803. Traditional Chinese medicine and treatments
520299. Biological psychology not elsewhere classified
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Department of Psychology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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