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Effects of a yoga-based intervention programme on self-efficacy of active armed forces personnel of India: a randomised control trial
  1. Aarsh Ojas Parasar Pandey1,
  2. N Mishra1 and
  3. S Kumar Vishvakarma2
  1. 1Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Rourkela, Odisha, India
  2. 2Department of Psychology, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India
  1. Correspondence to Aarsh Ojas Parasar Pandey, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Rourkela, Odisha, 769008, India; aarshbhuonline{at}

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Self-efficacy is an essential component of human performance,1 particularly in the armed forces, where personnel are required to perform optimally under high-stress situations. Armed forces personnel experience stress, anxiety and trauma due to the nature of their work,2 which can negatively affect their self-efficacy. Research suggests the benefits of yoga in reducing the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression,3 and in various physiological problems. However, very little is known about the promotive health benefits of yoga on armed forces personnel, especially in self-efficacy and self-management techniques. The main objective of the study was to examine the effects of a yoga-based intervention programme on the self-efficacy of the active armed forces personnel of India.

We have adopted a pretest–post-test control group design for this study. We screened 50 samples for this study; 40 were randomly divided into yoga …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the study’s conception and design. Material preparation, data collection and data analysis were performed by Aarsh Ojas Parasar Pandey (AOPP). AOPP wrote the first draft of the manuscript, and all authors commented on the first draft. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.