Effects Of Vedic Mantra Chanting On Attentiondeficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms In Young Children: Results From Quasi-experimental Study | 106071
ISSN: 1522-4821

International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience
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Effects of Vedic mantra chanting on attentiondeficit/ hyperactivity disorder symptoms in young children: Results from Quasi-experimental study

6th World Congress on Mental Health, Psychiatry and Wellbeing

Neha Sharma

Warwick Research Services, UK

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Int J Emerg Ment Health

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complex condition affecting children worldwide. In India, prevalence found to be 11.32% in primary school. Previous studies explored the effect of Vedic chants on cognitive function in children, but no study has been conducted to evaluate the effect of chanting on ADHD. The present study was undertaken for ADHD-risk children; n=94). The intervention consisted of 30mins group practices, Vedic chants for 20 and relaxation for 10mins. Children were assessed before and after the 3 months of intervention in the school. Outcome measures were parent and teacher ratings of ADHD symptoms, behavior, mood, attitude and understanding toward peers. Post data included 90 parents and 12 teachers. At the end of intervention, parents reported significant decrease in ADHD symptoms: p<0.001; oppositional symptoms: p<0.001; mood symptoms; p<0.01. Parents reported better behavior towards peers but that did not reach significance levels. Teachers also reported overall reductions in ADHD symptom and better functioning with peers in children. To our knowledge, this is the first randomized trial to address Vedic chanting for an ADHD-risk sample. This study provides significant evidence on the beneficial effect of Vedic chanting on at-risk ADHD Children.

Dr. Neha Sharma is Director of Warwick Research Services, UK and the Global Health Initiative. Her research focuses on health systems reform, diffusion of innovations in health systems and global health financing. She Served as International Expert and Advisor in Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization. Dr. Sharma studied clinical research at University of California San Francisco, USA and completed her PhD in India. With her multinational, global work expertise, she has been leading colloborative research studies between UK and South East Asia, Africa and Australlia.

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