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Evaluation of HeartMath Training Programme for Improving Personal Resilience and Psychophysiological Coherence

Stephen D Edwards, Psychology Department, University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, South Africa

Journal of Psychology in Africa, August 2015, Vol. 25, No. 4, 367–374, © 2015 Africa Scholarship Development Enterprize

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to evaluate the influence of a HeartMath training apparatus on personal resilience and physiological coherence. A within group, pre-test and post-test, outcome evaluative design was employed to assess changes in dependent variables. A small convenience sample of 6 participants, 4 women and 2 men, with a mean age of 49 years and an age range from 25 to 68 years, each completed 4 HeartMath training sessions which included 9 tools and techniques. Non-parametric statistical analysis for quantitative data indicated significant increases in physiological coherence and personal resilience perceptions. Thematic content analysis for qualitative data yielded unequivocally positive, experiential descriptions. Integrative findings are discussed in relation to previous and future research.