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hypnosis, self-hypnosis, adolescents, students, anxiety, stress

Major Advisor

Melissa A. Bray, Ph.D.

Associate Advisor

Thomas J. Kehle, Ph.D.

Associate Advisor

Shamim S. Patwa, Ph.D.

Field of Study

Educational Psychology


Doctor of Philosophy

Open Access

Open Access


Self-hypnosis is a treatment that has been utilized to address the social-emotional concerns of adolescents with high levels of anxiety and stress. In this study, a multiple baseline design across three high school-aged participants was implemented to examine whether self-hypnosis could decrease symptoms of anxiety and stress and help to improve health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The results of the study indicated that the treatment resulted in decreases in trait and state anxiety for two out of three participants, improvements in stress levels for two out of three participants, and improvements in HRQoL for all three participants. Participants reported that the treatment was feasible and appropriate. However, replication studies are needed to increase the internal and external validity of the current study.