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The Effects of a Recovery-Focused Program for Stress Management in Women — An Exploratory Study
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology. (Researchgroup for Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7256-349X
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology. (Researchgroup for Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4116-5501
2014 (English)In: Health, ISSN 1949-4998, E-ISSN 1949-5005, Vol. 06, no 20, 2825-2836 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Current research indicates that stress problems primarily could be conceptualized as deficienciesin recovery and recuperation between stress periods. Accordingly, interventions should put moreemphasis on this aspect. A group based intervention program focusing exclusively on recoverybehavior in everyday life was evaluated in this quasi-experimental, waiting-list control groupstudy, where the control group was also treated in a second phase. Thirty-two self-referred femalesubjects, considering themselves in need of treatment for stress related health problems, wereavailable for analyzes. Fifteen of these constituted the first phase treatment group (INT), while theremaining 17 subjects were placed on waiting list (WLC). Adding a few late applicants leaved 20subjects later treated in the second intervention phase. Significant and clinically meaningful positiveeffects emerged in the INT—compared to the WLC-group on recovery behaviors, stress—andrecovery experiences, as well as on burn-out symptoms, worry, anxiety and depression. Secondaryanalyzes of all treated subjects indicated that the positive change the primary clinical endpointwas predicted by the increase in frequency of recovery behaviors and by the decrease in the worrylevel. Thus, the present intervention model merits further research with more rigorous experimentaldesign as well as with follow-up assessments.

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2014. Vol. 06, no 20, 2825-2836 p.
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Stress, Recovery, Stress Management, Intervention, Cognitive Behavior Therapy
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Psychology Other Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-24161DOI: 10.4236/health.2014.620321OAI: diva2:781481
Stress related illness – mainly too little recovery, not too much stress!
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2010-0654
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