Reduction of PTSD in South African University Students Using Transcendental Meditation Practice.

Author: Bandy CL1, Dillbeck MC2, Sezibera V3, Taljaard L4, Wilks M5, Shapiro D6, de Reuck J4, Peycke R7
1Department of Psychology and Education, Norwich University, Northfield, VT, USA.
2Institute of Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA, USA.
3Centre for Mental Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda.
4South African Depression and Anxiety Group, Johannesburg, South Africa.
5Innov8trix, Johannesburg, South Africa.
6PTSD Relief Now Corporation, Washington, DC, USA.
7Maharishi Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Conference/Journal: Psychol Rep.
Date published: 2019 Feb 19
Other: Volume ID: 33294119828036 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1177/0033294119828036. [Epub ahead of print] , Word Count: 127

A study was conducted on South African college students using the Transcendental Meditation technique to reduce posttraumatic stress disorder. Students meeting the criteria for possible posttraumatic stress disorder were included. Thirty-four students at the experimental university in South Africa clinically diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder were instructed in and practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique twice daily compared to 34 diagnosed posttraumatic stress disorder comparison students at the comparison university. The multivariate effect was significant for both the posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology and depression. Results were significantly associated with regularity of practice. The study replicates recent findings and offers an alternative educational treatment for higher education.

KEYWORDS: PTSD; Transcendental Meditation; education; meditation; mental health; post-traumatic stress disorder; psychiatry; psychology; school; sexual abuse; stress; trauma; university; violence; war

PMID: 30777793 DOI: 10.1177/0033294119828036