Introduction to Scientific Research on Lifespring
Since 1982, Lifespring has sponsored ongoing
scientific research to monitor and measure the effects and effectiveness
of its courses. We have sought to have our courses rigorously examined
by preeminent researchers in the scientific community.
The findings of three major studies
tell us that:
One year after Lifespring, participants
show statistically significant improvements in such areas as self-confidence,
self-esteem, lowered job stress, heightened sense of control in
life, and a more positive and pleasurable range of events and experiences
in their lives.
There is no evidence of psychiatric harm
from Lifespring courses.
A large majority of participants found the
Lifespring trainings to be one of the most valuable experiences
they had ever had.
"To our knowledge, the research
on Lifespring constitutes the most extensive body of scientific
inquiry on any experiential program available today." -
John P. Hanley President Lifespring, Inc.
Lee Ross, Ph.D. of Stanford University,
released the findings of his research on the Lifespring trainings.
What follows is his prefatory note to that
The first three studies reported here probed the reactions and evaluations
of individuals who completed Lifespring's Basic and Advanced Courses
over a three-year period. At Lifespring's request, I designed and
administered questionnaires that gave students ample opportunity
to air grievances as well as offer praise and to share disappointments
and doubts as well as enthusiasm and satisfaction. In short, our
instruments were such that their results could have provided ammunition
for skeptics and critics who would have been pleased to see evidence
of dissatisfaction, disillusionment, and other negative responses.