an exploratory mixed methods study of the acceptability and effectiveness of mindfulness

An exploratory mixed methods study of the acceptability and effectiveness of mindfulness

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Unformatted text preview: al discomfort and painful emotional states, this in turn must be balanced by participants ability to be able to 'stay with' these difficult experiences. Because the participants in this study had a range of affective symptoms we believed that shorter sessions with these patients were as likely to produce difficulties as longer meditation sessions in recovered depressed patients. Interviews SM, an experienced interviewer and qualitative researcher, conducted one-to-one semi-structured interviews, with 11 out of the 13 participants at a mutual agreed location. Some of the interviews were done face to face and others were done by telephone. The interviews, which followed a relaxed conversational style and covered issues indicated in (table 3), lasted approximately 30–45 minutes. All were recorded and transcribed verbatim. After the first few interviews were conducted the interviewer added other questions based on themes that had emerged from the previous interviews. For example specific questions were asked about 'being in a group' or 'impressions of the facilitator'. Two participants were not interviewed; one because she had moved out of the area following a break down of her marriage and the second participant because she could not be contacted. All the other participants agreed to be interviewed. Type of analysis Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used. The Beck depression and anxiety inventories provided numerical data and the qualitative component elaborated on the numerical relationships, helping to make sense of the numbers. Qualitative analysis process The interviews were transcribed verbatim and the audio interviews checked against the transcripts to ensure accuracy. Both researches reviewed the data independently and a set of preliminary concepts or codes was generated. Using the qualitative software package Nvivo, the transcripts were coded using these preliminary concepts or new concepts as they arose. The process was continuous and iterative and...
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2013 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor H during the Spring '11 term at ENGECON University.

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