Changes in self-reported symptoms of depression and physical wellbeing in healthy individuals following a Taiji beginner course – Results of a randomized controlled trial

Schitter, Agnes Maria; Nedeljkovic, Marko; Ausfeld, Brigitte; Fleckenstein, Johannes (August 2015). Changes in self-reported symptoms of depression and physical wellbeing in healthy individuals following a Taiji beginner course – Results of a randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy and psychosomatics, 84(suppl1)(1), pp. 62-63. Karger

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Introduction: Taiji is a mind-body practice being increasingly investigated for its therapeutic benefits in a broad range of mental and physical conditions. The aim of the present study was to investigate potential preventive effects of Taiji practice in healthy individuals with regard to their depressive symptomatology and physical wellbeing. Methods: A total of 70 healthy Taiji novices (mean age 35.5 years) were randomly assigned to a Taiji intervention group, i.e. Taiji beginner course (Yang-Style Taiji, 2 hours per week, 12 weeks) or a waiting control group. Self-reported symptoms of depression (CES-D) and physical wellbeing (FEW-16) were assessed at baseline, at the end of the intervention, as well as two months later. Results: Physical wellbeing in the Taiji group significantly increased when comparing baseline to follow up (FEW-16 sum scale T(27) = 3.94, p = 0.001, 95% CI 0.17 - 0.55). Pearson’s correlation coefficients displayed a strong negative relationship between self-reported symptoms of depression and physical wellbeing (p’s < 0.001, r‘s ≥ -.54). Conclusions: In this randomized controlled trial we found significant evidence that a Taiji beginner course of three months duration elicits positive effects with respect to physical wellbeing in healthy individuals, with improvements pronouncing over time. Physical wellbeing was shown to have a strong relationship with depressive symptoms. Based on these results, the consideration of Taiji as one therapeutic option in the development of multimodal approaches in the prevention of depression seems justifiable.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Abstract)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary Medicine (ICOM)

UniBE Contributor:

Schitter, Agnes Maria; Nedeljkovic, Marko; Ausfeld, Brigitte and Fleckenstein, Johannes

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0033-3190

Publisher:

Karger

Funders:

[27] Stiftung für Komplementärmedizin
[24] Gottfried und Julia Bangerter- Rhyner Stiftung
[25] Parrotia-Stiftung

Language:

English

Submitter:

Agnes Maria Schitter

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2015 13:34

Last Modified:

13 Sep 2017 17:39

Additional Information:

DOI: 10.1159/000438780

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.72193

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/72193

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