Identifier

etd-11042011-130137

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Social Work

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

The purpose of this cross-sectional experimental study was to examine the effects of Reiki on risk level for secondary traumatic stress (STS) among mental health professionals, such as, social workers and licensed professional counselor (LPCs). The sample (N=67) was mostly composed of master social work students (MSW) (61%) from the School of Social Work at Louisiana State University (LSU), professionals social workers (34%), and LPCs (5%). Study participants were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups: Reiki, placebo or control group. Dependent variables measured at pretest and posttest were: risk level for STS, anxiety, depression, somatic symptoms, anger and hopelessness. Multivariate analysis of variance was conducted to determine if there was a difference between treatment groups. No significant difference was found between the Reiki, placebo or control groups on any of the variables measured. Implications for the social work profession are discussed.

Date

2011

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Cain, Daphne

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Social Work Commons

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