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Babaei Bonab S. The effectiveness of Tai Chi exercises on the mental health of women with breast cancer. Shenakht Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry 2020; 7 (2) :79-91
URL: http://shenakht.muk.ac.ir/article-1-898-en.html
Assistant professor, Department of Sports Sciences, University of Maragheh, Maragheh, Iran , s.babaei@maragheh.ac.ir
Abstract:   (2764 Views)
Introduction: Breast cancer is one of the most common and fatal types of cancer which affects women more emotionally and psychologically than other types.
Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of Tai Chi exercises on the mental health of women with breast cancer.
Method: A pre-test post-test design with control group was used in this quasi-experimental study in 2019. Samples of the study were women with breast cancer in Urmia. A total of 30 women were selected through convenient sampling (15 control group and 15 training group). The training group participated in a 12 weeks physical training (Tai Chi exercises) with average intensity of 55-70 percent for 60 minutes three days a week. General Health Questionnaire (Goldberg & Hiller, 1979) was used in this study. The results were analyzed via covariance analysis in SPSS 20 software.
Results: The results indicated that after 12 weeks of Tai Chi exercises, general health subscale scores of physical (p<0.01), anxiety and insomnia (p= 0.01), social dysfunction (p<0.01), and depression (p=0.01) significantly decreased in the training group compared to the control group (p<0.05).
Conclusion: The results showed that Tai Chi exercises can improve mental health in women with breast cancer.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2020/02/23 | Accepted: 2020/04/15 | Published: 2020/06/1

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