Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Physician Assistant Studies


A literature search on adolescent anxiety and depression determined a need for early

identification and treatment of symptoms including stress reduction techniques. Meditation is one self-care method that reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and decreases perceived stress. Several types of meditation, such as mindfulness, loving kindness, and brain wave vibration, were discussed in the literature reviewed with all types indicating benefits. Much of the current literature concentrates on the adult population, although there is evidence suggesting similar benefit in the adolescent population. Meditation leads to personal awareness and consciousness, influencing interactions with others. Newman’s (1994) Health as Expanding Consciousness Theory describes consciousness as patterns of energy. The theory illustrates the interconnectedness individual patterns of energy have with others, overlapping and creating larger patterns of energy. The scholarly project implemented meditation in 19 adolescent females resulting in reducing stress and anxiety symptoms. Meditation can be implemented in daily nursing practice as a means of reduction of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms.


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