Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dr. John Chovan, Ph.D.
Anxiety, Children, Yoga, Adolescents, Guidelines, Complementary
Medicine and Health Sciences
Problem Statement: Despite clinical evidence to support the use of yoga as a treatment option for children and adolescents with anxiety, clinical practice guidelines do not exist. Purpose: This project used the modified Delphi technique to determine if consensus exists on the need for clinical practice guidelines among experts in the fields of child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, and yoga. Additionally, this project aimed to determine if consensus exists on what should be included in clinical practice guidelines for the use of yoga as a therapeutic intervention for anxiety in children and adolescents. Methods: Three rounds of questionnaires were used to survey identified experts in psychiatry, psychology, and yoga. Quantitative data were collected to describe the sample and to determine consensus using frequencies and percentages as measures of central tendency, and ranges as measures of dispersion. Qualitative data were gathered and a textual content analysis was performed. Significance: Establishing expert consensus on the need for clinical practice guidelines for the use of yoga as treatment intervention for children and adolescents with anxiety has the potential to improve access to safe and effective mental health care for children and adolescents who might otherwise go untreated. Outcomes: Consensus (≥ 80%) was found among identified experts in psychiatry and psychology for the need for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the use of yoga as a treatment intervention for children and adolescents with anxiety, although consensus was not found among identified yoga experts. Consensus among identified experts was also established on the risks, benefits, and items that should be included in evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
Abels, Laura J., "Poster: Toward Expert Consensus on Guidelines for the Use of Yoga in the Treatment of Anxiety in Children and Adolescents" (2019). Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Projects. 41.