Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. M. Michele Burnette

Second Advisor

Dr. William Redmon

Third Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study examined the effects of parent assisted progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) training on moderate asthmatics. Three children between the ages of 7 and 12 participated in the study. After 3 weeks of PMR training and daily practice, the parents became involved in prompting their children to use PMR when an attack appeared likely.

The findings from this study suggest that parental prompting of PMR was instrumental in decreasing the frequency of attacks, increasing peak expiratory flow rates (PEFR) values, and decreasing the severity of attacks for 2 of the 3 subjects. The long term implications for using PMR as an adjunctive treatment do look promising for moderately asthmatic children.