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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dana Schardt ('09-'10)

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2009 -2010 Recipient

Sue Field

Capstone Project

The Effects of Guided Imagery on Perceived Stress in the Perinatal Adolescent

Dana's capstone project focused on the effects of guided imagery on perceived stress in the perinatal adolescent. Her participants were pregnant adolescent women between ages 15-18 and below poverty level. It is unclear why many pregnant adolescents have poor birth outcomes such as poor mortality and morbidity rates. Following a literature review if was hypothesized that perceived stress was as a possible contributor to poor birth outcomes. Relaxation education is often used in many illnesses with success, but has little research on the use of relaxation techniques in pregnancy. This study used guided imagery relaxation CD. The participants listened three times per week and journaled how they felt once per week for eight weeks. There was no preterm labor or births in this group and the researcher received positive responses from the participants using the CD.