A preliminary mixed methods study of health-related quality-of-life at three regional universities in Cambodia

Fergusson, Lee and Bonshek, Anna and Vernon, Stuart and Pheuy, Phon and Samen, Mok and Vanthorn, Srey (2019) A preliminary mixed methods study of health-related quality-of-life at three regional universities in Cambodia. ASEAN Journal of Education, 5 (2). pp. 54-67. ISSN 2673-0766

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Abstract

The range of outcomes and published record on the Transcendental Meditation technique across 50 years of research in education, business, and government makes its application unique. Its association with health and relation to an individual’s quality-of-life have also made the technique useful in some developing countries.

Data related to application of the technique to higher education in Cambodia have been accruing since the early 1990s. The 26-year research program begun by these authors associated with Transcendental Meditation and non-verbal intelligence, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, learning, memory, and personality in university students, as well as its collective effects on economic and social indicators and reductions in socio-political violence and crime, makes for an uncommonly rich body of knowledge in a country where empirical research has been rare.

The present study extends that program to include an investigation of the practice of Transcendental Meditation by faculty in three regional Cambodian universities and examines its impact on health-related quality-of-life. Findings generated by a concurrent, quasi-experimental mixed methods design suggest the practice may be of benefit to university personnel as measured by health, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression, among other quality-of-life variables, thereby adding to previous results associated with higher education in this increasingly important south-east Asian nation. Affirmative quantitative and qualitative results derived from MANOVAs, Hedges’ effect sizes and semi-structured interviews related to ten quality-of-life indicators have been reported.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. 2019 Suan Dusit University.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 July 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 July 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 22:58
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 04:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cambodia, transcendental meditation, health, quality-of-life, university faculty
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37909

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