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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
women, female, guided imagery, stress, perceived stress scale
Introduction: The effects of stress distinctively and uniquely impact adult women. Guided imagery is a low-cost and easy-to-apply intervention to lower perceived stress levels. Evidence Summary: Four overarching themes were identified from the literature: a) the positive correlation between guided imagery and stress reduction; b) the structure of a guided imagery intervention lends it to be low cost and easy to apply; c) issues with compliance rates correlate with the frequency of participant check-ins and tracking methods; and d) the strengths of the Perceived Stress Scale including internal consistency calls for its use over the Perceived Stress Reactivity Scale. Gaps: A lack of published research on rural populations or individuals who do not speak English was identified. Limited recent high-quality evidence focusing specifically on stress in the women’s population was available. Recommendations: Guided imagery sessions are most effective when administered for 20 minutes, once a day, over four to 12 weeks. Compliance and tracking rates can be improved with periodic phone call check-ins. Addressing rural population literature gaps also needs to occur.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Imagery (Psychology) -- Therapeutic use.
Stress management for women.
Women -- Health and hygiene.
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
© 2022 Britney Ohrlund
Ohrlund, Britney, "Guided Imagery Intervention for Adult Women to Address Perceived Stress" (2022). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Practice Innovation Projects. 181.