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

There are so many hurdles that youve got to jump over

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Unformatted text preview: he audio instructions on the CD and giving up on the guided meditations early on in the course. Occasionally he meditated on sound, which he found calming, but admitted that since the course had ended this practice was diminishing. He continued to struggle with difficult emotional states and believed that while the mindfulness approach was helpful, it was only helpful to a certain degree: "How much that degree is I couldn't quite fathom at the moment, it's not been long enough. There are so many hurdles that you've got to jump over. It's so easy to trip up, so unbelievably easy to get yourself back into the rut....I think perhaps it makes you recognise that you are on the edge of the rut quicker rather than falling into it and saying how the hell did I get here. And it gives you some methods of holding a better balance."-P1 Quantitative results Pre and post course Beck depression and anxiety questionnaires were available for 11 individuals (table 5). The mean pre-course depression score was 35.7 and post course was 17.8, with a mean before-after difference of 17.9. (95% C.I. 9.38 : 26.4). A similar reduction is noted in anxiety with a mean pre-course anxiety score of 32.0 and mean post course of 20.5. The mean reduction in anxiety was 11.45 (95% C.I 0.69 : 22.22). Effect sizes for the intervention of 1.5 and 0.77 were calculated for depression and anxiety respectively using Cohen's D statistics [21]. Cohen defined effect sizes above 0.8 as large. Discussion In the present study four research questions were considered; 1. Is MBCT an acceptable intervention to patients with depression and anxiety? 2. What benefit, if any, do patients derive from the mindfulness approach? 3. Do patients continue to employ mindfulness techniques to cope with adverse mental states, three months after the course has finished? 4. Does an 8-week course result in improved mood as measured on Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) and Beck Anxiety Inventory Is MBCT an acceptable intervention to patients with depression and...
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