Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Cindy Miller

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if listening to music at 60-80 beats per minute prior to testing would decrease anxiety. The following null hypotheses were presented, 1. There is no significant difference between the experimental and control group test STATE-TRAIT Anxiety scores. 2. There is no significant difference between experimental and control group pretest STATE and TEST anxiety score and pulse rates. 3. There is no significant difference between experimental and control group post-test STATE and TEST Anxiety Score and pulse rate (Summers et. al 1990). A previous pilot study was used as a basis for additional research. Participants were randomly assigned to an experimental and control group they participated in Speilberger's State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAID-B) and performed a self-calculated pulse rate pre and post intervention, which was 30 minutes music over an elapsed time of 30 minutes. Results showed no statistical evidence that music had any affect on the experimental group, and there was no statistical evidence that pulse rate was affected by music in the experimental group.

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