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Research Article

Effect of Help Programme on Attention Level of Students in India

  • By Raja Amarnath, Aiswarya Ravichandran, Asuwathy Sivasubramaniam, Bharath Madhavan, Gyaneshwar Dayal Sarin, Waheb Sheik Fazil - 12 Jul 2023
  • Healthcare Issues, Volume: 2, Issue: 2, Pages: 1 - 9
  • Received: April 13, 2023; Accepted: June 30, 2023; Published: July 12, 2023


Background: Enhancing students' attention levels is an ongoing challenge faced by educators as they strive to create an optimal learning environment. As researchers explore innovative approaches, novel interventions are being investigated to improve attention and facilitate a conducive atmosphere for learning. One such program that has gained considerable attention is the Heartfulness experience life’s potential commonly known as the HELP Program, which incorporates the practice of Heartfulness Meditation.
Aims and Objectives: The primary objective of this study is to assess the potential of the HELP Program supplemented with Heartfulness Meditation in enhancing students' attention levels. Additionally, the study aims to explore potential variations in the effectiveness of the program based on factors such as gender, age, and prior experience with meditation.
Materials and Methods: Conducted between 2020 and 2021, this cross-sectional and observational study involved a diverse group of school students from multiple states across India. A total of 32,904 students participated in the analysis of attention levels. Before introducing Heartfulness Meditation, students completed questionnaires gathering socio-demographic information and assessing their attention using a standardized scale. Following the 16-week program, the same questionnaires were administered to the students without prior notification. Data analysis was conducted using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), version 21, employing descriptive and inferential statistics, including counts, percentages, frequencies, and paired t-tests to compare mean levels between baseline and end line assessments.
Results: The findings of the study revealed a significant increase in students' attention levels (mb= 10.33< me= 12.26, p < 0.05) following the intervention of the HELP program.
Conclusion: This study highlights the transformative potential of the HELP program, incorporating Heartfulness Meditation, on students' attention levels. Notably, the study also demonstrates that various demographic characteristics, such as gender, place of residency, type of family, physical illness, and prior engagement in meditation, did not significantly alter the reported effectiveness of the treatment. By employing the HELP program with Heartfulness Meditation, educators and researchers can potentially address the perennial challenge of enhancing students' attention levels, fostering a positive and enriching educational journey for students in India and beyond.