Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Van Getson, APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Deborah Schumacher, DNP, PHN, RN


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2019), suicide is among the leading causes of death in adolescents. Depression, a major factor leading to suicide, can be brought on by increased stress and anxiety. It goes without saying, then, that the number of suicides can be reduced by giving those who need it ways to alleviate stress and anxiety they experience. A key way for adolescents to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety is to find ways to improve their self-worth and self-esteem. Impressionable teenage boys, struggling to find out who they are need a strong support base. A strong support base will assist them in making healthy choices with hygiene and diet, helps with academic studies and problem-solving strategies, and educate them in productive ways to manage stress and anxiety. This support base consists of family, teachers, friends, neighbors, and coaches. The purpose of this project is to provide adolescent male hockey players with coping skills to manage stress and anxiety using Hatha Yoga and mindfulness meditation practices. This will be accomplished by using instructional group meetings on integrative techniques and creating trusting relationships, allowing for open discussions about fears, stress, and anxiety while keeping a fluid structure that is able to change as needed will ensure that the project stays on track. The project was guided using the theoretical foundation of Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring, DNP Essentials, and NONPF Competencies. Results showed a lowering of the average stress and anxiety levels among the group. Concluding that causes of stress and anxiety are something that will remain, but learning how to properly manage those feelings will ultimately improve the health and decrease the risk of suicide of those involved.


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