Labyrinth Research Bibliography

Bibliography of Studies Related to Labyrinth Research (.pdf 517K)

This downloadable Bibliography has all entries sorted by author. The entries in the bibliography have been categorized below by topic and also by type (doctoral dissertation, journal article etc.).

Educational applications of wellness techniques: An experimental investigation of the effects of labyrinth walking

Dunphy, M., Borsdorf, L. & Chambliss, C

Abstract: The focus of this paper is to expand the evidence in support of the use of labyrinths as effective wellness tools. Interest in labyrinths and other ancient religious practices has increased as interest in spirituality has risen. This is in conjunction with better understanding of the mind/body relationship and the impact of stress on the immune system. This study, which incorporates use of a control condition for comparative purposes, is an extension of previous research that supported the use of labyrinth walking as a means of enhancing wellness. The present study, conducted at a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, assesses whether walking an eleven-circuit labyrinth can be truly beneficial to the wellness of individuals, and also if focused non-labyrinth walking has similar or different effects on individuals' wellness. Results of the study failed to find a significant difference between groups on the overall measure of wellness, raising questions about the specific efficacy of labyrinth walking. Both types of directed walking were associated with significant improvement on the overall wellness index. A brief history of labyrinths and their therapeutic and educational uses is included.

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