Reduction of PTSD in South African University Students Using Transcendental Meditation Practice

Psychol Rep. 2020 Jun;123(3):725-740. doi: 10.1177/0033294119828036. Epub 2019 Feb 19.


A study was conducted on South African college students using the Transcendental Meditation technique to reduce posttraumatic stress disorder. Students meeting the criteria for possible posttraumatic stress disorder were included. Thirty-four students at the experimental university in South Africa clinically diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder were instructed in and practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique twice daily compared to 34 diagnosed posttraumatic stress disorder comparison students at the comparison university. The multivariate effect was significant for both the posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology and depression. Results were significantly associated with regularity of practice. The study replicates recent findings and offers an alternative educational treatment for higher education.

Keywords: PTSD; Transcendental Meditation; education; meditation; mental health; post-traumatic stress disorder; psychiatry; psychology; school; sexual abuse; stress; trauma; university; violence; war.