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An evaluation of daily relaxation training and psychosomatic symptoms in young children
Department of Physiotherapy, Ryhov County Hospital, Jönköping, Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. IMPROVE (Improvement, innovation, and leadership in health and welfare).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1176-8173
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD. Futurum Akademi for Health and Care Region Jönköping County.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0156-6677
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2016 (English)In: Health Behavior and Policy Review, ISSN 2326-4403, Vol. 3, no 3, 198-208 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: We evaluated the efficacy of daily relaxation training on psychosomatic symptoms during one school year among 8-year-old children. Methods: Cortisol in saliva, abdominal circumference including body mass index (BMI), heart rate, rate pressure product (RPP), and stress in children (SIC) were measured. Teachers in the intervention classes were interviewed. The intervention consisted of a daily relaxation therapy (RT). Results: The intervention group showed reduced heart rate. Individuals of the intervention group showed an improvement regarding headaches and the ability to fall asleep. The qualitative results showed that the RT had a calming effect on both the children and the teachers. Conclusions: RT among children may be of use to cope with stress as interpreted by some improved parameters in the intervention group.

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2016. Vol. 3, no 3, 198-208 p.
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Children; Relaxation therapy; Sleep; Stress; Stress related diseases
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Nursing Pediatrics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-30069DOI: 10.14485/HBPR.3.3.2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-30069DiVA: diva2:931555
Available from: 2016-05-29 Created: 2016-05-29 Last updated: 2016-12-02Bibliographically approved

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