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Psychol Rep. 2015 Aug;117(1):206-16. doi: 10.2466/02.13.PR0.117c11z6. Epub 2015 Jul 30.

DISASTER RELIEF FOR THE JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE-TSUNAMI OF 2011: STRESS REDUCTION THROUGH THE TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION® TECHNIQUE.

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1 G-Yamato, Urayasu, Japan.
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2 Kensei Ltd. Healthcare Corporation, Sendai, Japan.
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3 Chokushi-Kai Fukuroda Hospital, Daigo-machi, Japan.
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4 Shihonomori Clinic, Tsukuba, Japan.
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5 Maharishi Institute of Total Education, Kyoto, Japan.
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6 Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa.

Abstract

This study examined changes in self-reported stress symptoms after instruction in the Transcendental Meditation(®) technique among 171 residents of two cities (Sendai and Ishinomaki) directly affected by the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster compared with 326 non-disaster Tokyo participants previously tested before and after learning the technique and a no-treatment control group (n = 68). The participants completed a rating checklist of mental and physical symptoms. Disaster area participants who learned the Transcendental Meditation(®) technique in contrast to controls showed a significant drop in total symptom score from pre-test to post-test (effect size = -1.09). Results were comparable for an ordinal measure of symptom intensity. The findings suggest the potential value of this procedure for relief from disaster trauma.

PMID:
26226492
DOI:
10.2466/02.13.PR0.117c11z6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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