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A randomised controlled trial of a brief online mindfulness-based intervention.
Behav Res Ther. 2013 Sep; 51(9):573-8.BR

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

There is growing evidence that mindfulness has positive consequences for both psychological and physical health in both clinical and non-clinical populations. The potential benefits of mindfulness underpin a range of therapeutic intervention approaches designed to increase mindfulness in both clinical and community contexts. Self-guided mindfulness-based interventions may be a way to increase access to the benefits of mindfulness. This study explored whether a brief, online, mindfulness-based intervention can increase mindfulness and reduce perceived stress and anxiety/depression symptoms within a student population.

METHOD

One hundred and four students were randomly allocated to either immediately start a two-week, self-guided, online, mindfulness-based intervention or a wait-list control. Measures of mindfulness, perceived stress and anxiety/depression were administered before and after the intervention period.

RESULTS

Intention to treat analysis identified significant group by time interactions for mindfulness skills, perceived stress and anxiety/depression symptoms. Participation in the intervention was associated with significant improvements in all measured domains, where no significant changes on these measures were found for the control group.

CONCLUSIONS

This provides evidence in support of the feasibility and effectiveness of shorter self-guided mindfulness-based interventions. The limitations and implications of this study for clinical practice are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Psychology, University of Sussex, Falmer, East Sussex BN1 9QH, UK. kate.cavanagh@sussex.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23872699

Citation

Cavanagh, Kate, et al. "A Randomised Controlled Trial of a Brief Online Mindfulness-based Intervention." Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol. 51, no. 9, 2013, pp. 573-8.
Cavanagh K, Strauss C, Cicconi F, et al. A randomised controlled trial of a brief online mindfulness-based intervention. Behav Res Ther. 2013;51(9):573-8.
Cavanagh, K., Strauss, C., Cicconi, F., Griffiths, N., Wyper, A., & Jones, F. (2013). A randomised controlled trial of a brief online mindfulness-based intervention. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51(9), 573-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2013.06.003
Cavanagh K, et al. A Randomised Controlled Trial of a Brief Online Mindfulness-based Intervention. Behav Res Ther. 2013;51(9):573-8. PubMed PMID: 23872699.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A randomised controlled trial of a brief online mindfulness-based intervention. AU - Cavanagh,Kate, AU - Strauss,Clara, AU - Cicconi,Francesca, AU - Griffiths,Natasha, AU - Wyper,Andy, AU - Jones,Fergal, Y1 - 2013/06/28/ PY - 2013/02/27/received PY - 2013/05/22/revised PY - 2013/06/18/accepted PY - 2013/7/23/entrez PY - 2013/7/23/pubmed PY - 2014/2/13/medline KW - Internet intervention KW - Mindfulness KW - Perceived stress KW - Randomised controlled trial KW - Self-help SP - 573 EP - 8 JF - Behaviour research and therapy JO - Behav Res Ther VL - 51 IS - 9 N2 - OBJECTIVES: There is growing evidence that mindfulness has positive consequences for both psychological and physical health in both clinical and non-clinical populations. The potential benefits of mindfulness underpin a range of therapeutic intervention approaches designed to increase mindfulness in both clinical and community contexts. Self-guided mindfulness-based interventions may be a way to increase access to the benefits of mindfulness. This study explored whether a brief, online, mindfulness-based intervention can increase mindfulness and reduce perceived stress and anxiety/depression symptoms within a student population. METHOD: One hundred and four students were randomly allocated to either immediately start a two-week, self-guided, online, mindfulness-based intervention or a wait-list control. Measures of mindfulness, perceived stress and anxiety/depression were administered before and after the intervention period. RESULTS: Intention to treat analysis identified significant group by time interactions for mindfulness skills, perceived stress and anxiety/depression symptoms. Participation in the intervention was associated with significant improvements in all measured domains, where no significant changes on these measures were found for the control group. CONCLUSIONS: This provides evidence in support of the feasibility and effectiveness of shorter self-guided mindfulness-based interventions. The limitations and implications of this study for clinical practice are discussed. SN - 1873-622X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23872699/A_randomised_controlled_trial_of_a_brief_online_mindfulness_based_intervention_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0005-7967(13)00114-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -