Spiritual Wellness Among Aggressive Adolescents: Efficacy of Raga Bhairavi

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Abstract

The objective of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of Raga Bhairavi for the promotion of spiritual wellness among aggressive adolescents. It was hypothesized that postintervention scores on spiritual wellness would be significantly higher as compared with preintervention scores. A pre- and postassessment design was adopted. The Spiritual Wellness Inventory (Elliott Ingersoll, 1995) and Aggression Questionnaire (Buss & Perry, 1992) were used to identify 32 adolescents with low spirituality and high aggression. A flute version of Raga Bhairavi was played for eight sessions. Scores were subjected to t test statistical comparison. Postintervention mean scores on subscales of spiritual wellness were comparatively higher than preintervention scores. Results revealed that raga therapy enhanced connectedness (t = 3.04; p < .01), meaning (t = 2.02; p < .05) and hope (t = 2.11; p < .05) dimensions of spiritual wellness. The difference between pre- and postintervention scores on aggression was also observed.

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