Research Paper

The effectiveness of the relaxation techniques, in stress reduction and optimization strategies for coping in teenagers

Author: Cristina-Mihaela Mandreş*, Andra Crăciun**
Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest, Romania*, University of Bucharest, Department of Psychology, Bucharest, Romania**

The present research set out to assess the level of stress present among teenagers, studying the coping strategies they implement in their lives and how relaxation techniques show efficiency in decreasing the level of stress. There were investigated, using questionnaires, the self-perceived stress level and coping strategies, among 60 high school students with an average age of 16 and 17-year-old, in Bucharest. The participants were divided into two groups: the experimental group (N=30; Mage = 16.44; SD = 2.503) and the control group (N=30; Mage = 16.48; SD = 2.488).

The participants in the experimental group were applied to eight sessions of relaxation, of 20 minutes each. After 30 days from the first test, the self-perceived level of stress was investigated again along with the coping strategic approach, among the 60 participants, keeping the conditions of the design research with the two groups, respectively the experimental group and the control group.

The results revealed that the stress level among the participants in the experimental group, decreased after applying the techniques of relaxation.

Keywords: adolescence, stress, coping strategies, relaxation, cognitive level, emotional level