The paper follows Hierarchy 5 evidence method which takes a specific case and identifies its effectiveness (Yin, 2003). About 30 university students have been assigned with different groups and they were exposed for different conditions to observe their satisfaction in the result and the level of relaxation achieved. Hence, this happens on a case – to – case – basis and in detail.
Description of abstract, purpose and ethics
Kouk Sun Do is a mind body exercise that is applied to a group of university students, about 30. The purpose of this paper is to identify the effect of this exercise among the self reported anxiety patients who study in this university and are desperate for a better method for relaxation purpose. The research paper has already taken the approval from Institutional Review Board of the University. Standard instrument such as Beck Depression Inventory has been used to determine the level of depressive symptoms among the participants. There are no serious ethical rules followed in this paper (Creswell, 2003). However, the documentation is well maintained. Moreover, the participants have also reported that they have got symptoms and they would like to participate.
Description of methods and design
The methods are clearly listed. Step – by – step events happen in this case. Mixed research methods are used to determine effectiveness. Initially, quantitative method is used for the experimental research but this only takes a negligible position. Subsequently, qualitative method takes a major portion of this paper. The experiences for about 4 weeks are listed in accordance with the open ended questions. Likert Scale and trait anxiety symptoms are few tools used to demonstrate the quality of the design. Standardized methods are used and this is much appropriate.
Discussion of limitations and conclusion
The sample size is extremely small in this case. This has probably affected the statistical power and a significant difference in the level of anxiety is not well created. The results are not much effective when it comes to the interaction term. Additionally, the article is also found to have faced high attrition rate. This is a clear statement that the research design has not been really effective (Leedy and Ormrod, 2005). The conclusion of the paper has projected the scope for broader research in this future. As there is limited data maintained in the past about this subject, this paper serves as an eye opener to the research study.
Strength and weakness of article
The strength of this article is the clarity in the procedure. During the period of 4 weeks, the results have been maintained extremely well and noted for every period, as proposed. The weakness of this article is its limited validity (Beck et al, 1996). The strength shows its applicability to various similar situations and the effectiveness. However, the weakness demonstrates that it cannot be generalized but still considered for any application.
Applicability to scenario
The paper seems to very much applicable to the scenario faced by Mariana. The reason is that the setting is the same (Leedy and Ormrod, 2005). The depressive symptoms faced by Mariana are also the same. Hence, these forms of exercises would completely suit Mariana in terms of maintenance of mind, body and breath. This can be treated closer to the situation of Mariana and her daughter.