Abilene Campus (Residential)
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Master of Science
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The purpose of the following descriptive pre and post study was to collect and analyze data to determine if there are benefits to alternative therapies on adult mental health. Three types of alternative therapies were studied: aromatherapy, recreation therapy, and yoga. A literature review was conducted and pre and post questionnaires were administered. Frequencies and averages were run which showed that participants were mostly Caucasian, with an average age of 31 years and most diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Participants showed decreased levels of anxiety and depression after attending both aromatherapy and yoga classes. Participants showed decreased anxiety levels after recreation therapy, but increased depression. All three therapies were deemed helpful by participants. Due to obstacles experienced while collecting data, as well as the small sample size, more research needs to be conducted on the topic of alternative therapy benefits.
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Bryan, Sara, "The Benefits of Alternative Therapies on Adult Mental Health" (2020). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 212.