Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type




First Advisor

Joni Walton

Second Advisor

Kim Garrison

Third Advisor

Joan Stottlemyer


The purpose of this research study was to determine the effect of diaphragmatic breathing on college students' self-perception of life stressors. A pre-test/post-test design was used in this study. Participants rated their stress on a Liekert-like scale before and after a five minute diaphragmatic breathing intervention. ANOVA was used for statistical analysis. Participants were asked to evaluate their stress in the following categories: physical, psychological, socio-cultural, spiritual, and overall stress categories. The findings of this study suggested that diaphragmatic breathing for five minutes is effective in reducing perceived stress with a p-value of p < 0.00 for each category. Implications of this study include students’ reducing their acute stress by using five minutes of diaphragmatic breathing.