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Effects of Relaxation and Deep-Breathing on High School Students: ACT Prep
Journal of Counseling in Illinois (2011)
  • Heidi A. Larson, Eastern Illinois University
  • Angela M. Yoder, Eastern Illinois University
  • Shannon Brucker, Eastern Illinois University
  • Jiwon Lee, Eastern Illinois University
  • Fred Washburn, Eastern Illinois University
  • Danessa Perdieu, Eastern Illinois University
  • Catherine L Polydore, Eastern Illinois University
  • Jennifer R. Rose, Eastern Illinois University

The purpose of this study was to relieve test anxiety in high school juniors preparing to take the ACT: a high-stakes, college admissions, standardized test. Participants included 81 eleventh grade students (25 males, 56 females) from a Midwestern public high school. Results demonstrated that relaxation training in the experimental group significantly lowered student’s perceptions of test anxiety from pre-test to post-test. Further research regarding systematic deep breathing and relaxation techniques is needed.

  • test anxiety,
  • high stakes testing,
  • ACT,
  • high school students
Publication Date
Fall 2011
Citation Information
Heidi A. Larson, Angela M. Yoder, Shannon Brucker, Jiwon Lee, et al.. "Effects of Relaxation and Deep-Breathing on High School Students: ACT Prep" Journal of Counseling in Illinois Vol. 1 Iss. 2 (2011)
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