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treated participants improved substantially participants
still had pronounced depressive symptomatology relative
to normative levels of depressive symptoms seen in nondepressed controls" .
In general there was relatively good agreement between
quantitative results and the findings from the qualitative
interviews with patients who reported an improvement in
their affect at interview also recording positive change in
their BDI/BAI scores. However, there were exceptions to
this. One woman who reported feeling better than before
scored higher on both BDI and BAI following the course
and another participants who scores fell significantly following the course was not sure if he felt much improvement in his mood. At the present time we are unable to
explain these discrepancies between the qualitative and
quantitative findings. Page 11 of 14
(page number not for citation purposes) BMC Psychiatry 2006, 6:14 Interpreting the findings
There are several possible interpretations of the findings
in this exploratory study, all of which require further
research to answer. The acquisition of 'mindfulness skills'
as a result of MBCT training may be central to alleviating
affective disorders in this patient group. However it may
be that these skills were not sufficiently developed and
integrated into the lives of the minority of participants
who did not report benefit; with additional time and practice, mindfulness training may perhaps have proven beneficial. In addition, as we have pointed out in the methods
section, we took a decision to slightly shorten the body
scan and guided meditation practices. It could also be that
by shortening these required practices, we prevented some
participants from getting 'full exposure' to MBCT training
within the eight-week course. Clearly this is a contentious
issue, which requires further elucidation. On the other hand, there could be important therapeutic
elements missing from the MBCT program that significantly hinder its effectiveness as a intervention for long
standing depression and anxiety for certain individuals.
Elements known to be effective in the treatment of affectiv...
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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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