Effect of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Graduation, College Acceptance and Dropout Rates for Students Attending an Urban Public High School
High school graduation rates remain low with racial and ethnic gaps adding to the decline. Graduating versus dropping out translates into higher earning potential, less crime and incarceration, and less dependence on government assistance. A new study published in the journal Education shows practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique resulted in a 15 percent higher graduation rate compared to controls. In low academically performing students a 25 percent difference in graduation rates was observed.
Colbert, R.D., Nidich, S. Effect of the Transcendental Meditation program on graduation, college acceptance and dropout rates for students attending an urban public high school. Education. 2013 Jun;133(4):495-501.
Reduction in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees Practicing Transcendental Meditation
The Transcendental Meditation technique has been shown to lower posttraumatic stress in veterans of Vietnam and Iraq/Afghanistan wars. This is the first study to look at PTS in African war refugees. The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist scores in the TM group went from high PTS symptoms at baseline to a non-symptomatic level after 30-days TM practice, and remained low at 135-days, while scores in the control group trended upward from baseline to the two posttests.
Rees B, Travis F, Shapiro D, Chant R. Reduction in posttraumatic stress symptoms in congolese refugees practicing transcendental meditation. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2013 Apr;26(2):295-8. doi: 10.1002/jts.21790. Abstract