A Quantitative approach, experimental study with pre-test post- test control group design was chosen for the study. The study was conducted in selected high school of Mangalore, Karnataka, India. 60 adolescents in the age group of 12-17 years with moderate to severe stress were selected using non probability convenience sampling technique. An Adolescents stress rating scale (5 Point scale with 41 items) was used to assess the severity of stress among adolescent. Results: In the experimental group, 90% of sample had moderate stress in the pre-test, where as in the post-test 76.7% of them had moderate stress. In the control group 93.3% of the sample had moderate stress and it was same in the post- test. In the experimental group the mean post-test score (61.07+/-16.57) were less than that of the mean pre-test stress score (78.31+/-17.93); where as in the control group, the mean post-test stress score (73.67+/-16.93) was almost similar to the mean pre-test stress score (74.37+/-17.43), which suggest that stress score was consistent in the control group. There was a significant difference in stress scores before and after pranayama in the experimental group (t29=17.24, p<0.05) as well as comparison of stress score of experimental Group with the control group (t58=2.914, p <0.05). This suggests that pranayama was effective in reducing stress. The mean post-test stress score of adolescents in the different areas of stress like biophysical, psychological and social changes were significantly lower than their mean pre-test stress score (t29=9.342, t29 =8.017, t29=10.678; p<0.05 respectively). The association of level of stress with other demographic variables showed that there was a significant association found between type of family and adolescents stress level (calculated value was more than the tabulated value at 0.05 level of significance).
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Smitha K.V. Effectiveness of Pranayama for reducing stress among adolescents (12-17 years) of selected high schools at Mangalore. Int. J. Nur. Edu. and Research. 2020; 8(4):497-500. doi: 10.5958/2454-2660.2020.00110.6
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