Long-Term Follow-up of Stressed Working Women: A Comparison of Aerobic Exercise and Progressive Relaxation

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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The present study describes the results of a 14-month follow-up evaluation of 39 stressed working women randomly assigned to aerobic exercise (i.e., jogging) or progressive relaxation interventions. At this follow-up, both intervention groups reported significantly less anxiety and greater self-efficacy. In addition, subjects tended to increase their use of problem-focused coping as compared to emotion-focused coping, and 64% of them were still regularly using some structured form of relaxation or exercise. The proportion of subjects reaching clinically significant improvements was 24% at the end of treatment and 36% at the 14-month follow-up.

Requests for reprints should be sent to Bonita C. Long, Department of Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia, 210-5780 Toronto Road, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1L2.

This research was supported in part by a grant from the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute. A summary of this work was presented at the Canadian Psychomotor, Learning and Sports Psychology Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada, October 1987.

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