Is the VAK Test a valid instrument for measuring relaxation method preferences?

Autor(en): Poepel, Nathalie
Stichwörter: AT; experience of relaxation; METAANALYSIS; mindfulness; NLP; PMR; Psychology; Psychology, Clinical; Qigong; relaxation fantasy; relaxation techniques; relaxation training; yoga
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Herausgeber: HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS
Journal: ZEITSCHRIFT FUR GESUNDHEITSPSYCHOLOGIE
Volumen: 22
Ausgabe: 1
Startseite: 31
Seitenende: 35
Zusammenfassung: 
Relaxation methods are quite popular, though people differ regarding their preferences. Discovering one's favorite technique is only possible through trial and error, thus a diagnostic test for identifying preferences would be useful. Based on the neurolinguistic programming concept of preferred representational systems (PRS), Ehret-Wemmer (2009) developed the Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic (VAK) Test to detect PRS-related relaxation types that go along with specific method preferences. This study examines the validity of the VAK Test. It was hypothesized that VAK scores and popularity ratings for corresponding methods would correlate positively in a relaxation practitioner sample, but this prediction was not supported. Instead of YAK characteristics, excercise effectiveness, exercise execution, and method-specific aspects emerged to be relevant in preference evolvement. Thus, technique pre-experiences should be addressed in further studies. For novices, a short practical test for examining preferences seems reasonable.
ISSN: 09438149
DOI: 10.1026/0943-8149/a000110

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