Relationship of frequent mantram repetition to emotional and spiritual well-being in healthcare workers

J Contin Educ Nurs. Sep-Oct 2006;37(5):218-24. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20060901-02.

Abstract

Background: Healthcare workers report high levels of stress in the workplace. To determine how to reduce stress, the authors examined the effectiveness of frequently repeating a mantram (a word with spiritual meaning) on emotional and spiritual well-being.

Methods: A pretest-posttest design was used to measure stress, state/trait anxiety and anger, quality of life, and spiritual well-being in a convenience sample (N=42) of hospital workers completing a mantram intervention program.

Results: Significant improvements were found in stress (p < .001), trait-anxiety (p = .002), trait-anger (p = .02), quality of life (p = .001), and spiritual well-being (p = .003). When examining the effects of mantram practice, trait-anxiety and religious and spiritual well-being were significant (p < .05).

Conclusion: Improvements in emotional and spiritual well-being may be mediated by frequent mantram repetition.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • California
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Existentialism / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Occupational Health
  • Personnel, Hospital / education*
  • Personnel, Hospital / psychology
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Relaxation Therapy / education*
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Self Care / methods*
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Spirituality
  • Surveys and Questionnaires