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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Stress management, Stress (Psychology)-Alternative treatment, Yoga-Psychological aspects, Exercise-Psychological aspects, Yoga, Other forms of exercise, Perceived stress levels, Stress, Exercise, Exploratory


This study explored if the perceived stress levels of individuals was influenced by the activity they engaged in, yoga or other forms of exercise. Additionally, factors of practicing yoga or another from of exercise were examined to determine their influence on perceived stress such as length of time, frequency, form, and longevity of the activity. The sample was found using a nonpropability convince sample in addition to snowball sampling. Participants consisted of 85 individuals (75% white), however only 50 participants qualified as well as completed all questions on the Perceived Stress Scale and thus were the only individuals considered. Participants completed the Perceived Stress Scale assessment in addition to several questions in regards to participants' yoga or other form of exercise habits such as duration, frequency, longevity, and form of preferred activity. Inferential statistics were utilized to compare the perceived stress scores of individuals who participated in yoga with individuals who engaged in other forms of exercise. This study found that individuals who practice yoga have significantly lower perceived stress levels than individuals who engage in other forms of exercise. Due to the limited sample size (N=50) there was no significant relationship found between perceived stress level and duration, longevity, frequency and form of activity.




iv, 56 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 50-53)