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Anxiety | Effects of Tai Chi Chuan on Psychobiological Indicators of Anxiety and Sleep Quality in Young Adults

Anxiety research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of a 10-week tai chi chuan intervention as a treatment for anxiety and sleep quality in young adults.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - mild to severe symptoms of anxiety - interest in participating in an exercise intervention - willingness to accept randomization - provides informed consent - low or moderate risk for acute cardiovascular event Exclusion Criteria: - currently receiving psychotherapy or medication for psychological problems - current suicide or homicide risk - current or history of psychosis - current alcohol or substance dependence - high risk for an acute cardiovascular event - current use of prescription drugs with potential to influence the parasympathetic or sympathetic nervous system - current or previous extensive involvement in mind-body exercise - symptoms of severe depression

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Anxiety

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Anxiety Management Educationwritten materials on management of anxiety for self-study

Behavioral:10 week tai chi intervention10 weeks of instruction in Evidence Based Tai Chi meeting 2 times per week

Behavioral:Enhanced tai chi instruction10 weeks of instruction in Evidence Based Tai Chi meeting 2 times per week plus DVD for home practice

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Anxiety Management Education

10 week tai chi intervention10 week course in Evidence Based Tai Chi meeting 2 times per week

Enhanced tai chi instruction10 weeks of instruction in Evidence Based Tai Chi meeting 2 times per week plus DVD for home practice

Study Status

Completed

Start Date: January 2013

Completed Date: August 2014

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional

Design:

Primary Outcome: Retention of Randomized Subjects During Intervention

Secondary Outcome: Change From Baseline in State Anxiety Scores

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Karen L. Caldwell, PhD

Lead Sponsor: Appalachian State University

Collaborator:

More information:https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01624168

Caldwell K, Harrison M, Adams M, Quin RH, Greeson J. Developing mindfulness in college students through movement-based courses: effects on self-regulatory self-efficacy, mood, stress, and sleep quality. J Am Coll Health. 2010 Mar-Apr;58(5):433-42. doi: 10.1080/07448480903540481.

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