Date

6-2018

Department

School of Behavioral Sciences

Degree

Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)

Chair

John C Thomas

Keywords

At-Risk AdolescentsYouth, Multiple Baseline Design, Spiritually Based Intervention, Subsyndromal Anxiety, Triangulation, Urban Adolescents

Disciplines

Counseling | Counselor Education | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

A critical review of literature revealed a gap in the literature of spiritually based interventions, most notably the subject of a spiritually based intervention for reducing subsyndromal anxiety and increasing coping skills in urban adolescents. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between a spiritually based intervention, a triangulation approach, subsyndromal anxiety, and coping skills in urban adolescents, employing the add-on/integration of a Prayer Wheel intervention. Utilizing a multiple baseline design across subjects to demonstrate the controlling effects of spiritually based intervention/prayer wheel, research revealed a decrease in subsyndromal anxiety levels, and an increase in coping skills in urban adolescent subjects. Although the correlations between a spiritually based intervention, a triangulation approach, subsyndromal anxiety, and coping skills in urban adolescents was not as strong as hypothesized, the current study provides empirical (quantitative and qualitative) evidence that a Prayer Wheel intervention’s potential impact has tripartite significance: in research, clinical, and Biblical practice, and suggests that the Prayer Wheel may be an effective tool for the alleviation of symptoms of subsyndromal anxiety among urban adolescents.

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