Applying hypnosis in a preschool family asthma education program: uses of storytelling, imagery, and relaxation

Am J Clin Hypn. 1997 Jan;39(3):169-81. doi: 10.1080/00029157.1997.10403382.


A Preschool Asthma Program was conducted 4 times for children 2 to 5 years of age and their parent(s). Twenty-five (25) child-parent(s) participated in the 7-session program. Data were collected prior to participation and again one year after completion of classes. Following participation, physician visits for asthma were reduced (p = 0.0013) and parents reported increased confidence in self-management skills. Symptom severity scores improved significantly after participation (p < 0.001). A possible association was noted between participation in the program and parental expectations or projections of future outcome (0.05 < p < 0.1). No changes were observed in the frequency of asthma episodes or in pulmonary function tests before and after the program. With the hypnotherapeutic approach of imagery, preschoolers developed new cooperation in asthma-care skills, including cooperative and consistent performance of peakflow measurements.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Asthma / psychology
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Fantasy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Imagination*
  • Male
  • Parents / education*
  • Relaxation Therapy*
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Sick Role


  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents