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Int J Yoga. 2019 May-Aug;12(2):139-145. doi: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_29_18.

Effect of Residential Yoga Camp on Psychosocial Fitness of Adolescents.

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1
Department of Yoga and Humanities, S-VYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
2
CAM Department, HCG Enterprises Ltd., Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

Background:

Adolescence is a key phase of socialization, where improved psychosocial fitness helps to promote socioeconomic productivity in societies. Psychosocial fitness also has an impact on the academic performance, overall health, and quality of life, throughout life. The present study evaluates the effect of yoga intervention on psychosocial fitness among adolescents.

Materials and Methods:

A single group, pre and post yoga interventional study was carried out in three independent cohorts (batches 1, 2, and 3), having sample size of 148, 167, and 195 respectively. A 7-day integrated yoga intervention was given in a residential setting. Psychosocial assessments included social competence, empathy, altruism, parent relationship, and peer friendship. Data were collected from the participants and their parents using respective versions of the scales. While pre- and post-data were collected from all the adolescent participants, pre- and post-data from parents were collected for 340 and 43 parents only. The objective of the analyses was to evaluate the effect of the yoga program and check the consistency of these effects.

Results:

Significant changes (P < 0.05) were seen in social competence, empathy, and altruism in batches 2 and 3, whereas changes in batch 1 showed nonsignificant improvements. Analyses of the parental data indicated a significant improvement in parent relationship (P = 0.035) and also nonsignificant improvement in all other outcomes.

Conclusion:

Results suggested that yoga intervention might help in improving psychosocial fitness in adolescents. It also helped to demonstrate that administering yoga was acceptable and feasible in a residential setting.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; empathy; parent relationship; psychosocial fitness; social competence; yoga

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