Department

Counseling and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Date of Award

11-2020

Format

.pdf

Degree Level

Ph.D.

URI

https://search.proquest.com/pqdtlocal1005755/docview/2491093148/fulltextPDF/D6AA08F093904425PQ/1?accountid=7076

Proquest Document ID

2491093148

Identifier

ETD2020Jefferson

School/University

St. Mary's University

Document Type

Dissertation

First Advisor

Melanie Harper

Abstract

The caregiver population has recently been recognized in society as a population highly susceptible to problems related to increased anxiety, burden, and abnormal psychological well-being. This experimental pretest post-test 2-group double-blind study was designed to measure the efficacy of cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) on anxiety and depressive symptoms of caregivers. Changes in anxiety and depressive symptoms were identified using pre- and posttest measures of State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and Beck Depression Inventory. Caregivers were assigned a pre-coded CES device. Neither the researcher nor the caregiver knew whether a device was active or sham until the completion of the entire study. This experimental design used a repeated measure t-test for quantitative statistics. Following an analysis of the data, the researcher’s hypotheses that CES would help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression more significantly than a placebo were not supported. Both the treatment and control groups experienced decreased anxiety and depressive symptoms, but the treatment group’s decrease was not significantly greater than the control group’s decrease.

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