Barry, KM and Woods, M and Martin, A and Stirling, C and Warnecke, E, A randomized controlled trial of the effects of mindfulness practice on doctoral candidate psychological status, Journal of American College Health, 67, (4) pp. 299-307. ISSN 0744-8481 (2019) [Refereed Article]
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Objectives: To examine the impact of guided mindfulness practice on psychological distress and psychological capital (hope, optimism, resilience, and efficacy) in doctoral candidates.
Participants: Recruitment of a convenience sample of doctoral candidates occurred in July 2015 and participants were randomly allocated to the control or intervention group (38 and 34 participants completed the trial, respectively).
Methods: A single-blinded, randomized controlled trial with intention-to-treat analysis was conducted. The intervention consisted of a daily guided mindfulness practice, using an audio CD. Indicators of psychological distress and psychological capital were measured pre- and post-trial with validated questionnaires.
Results: Compared to the control group, the intervention group reported a statistically significantly reduction in depression (p = 0.045) and increased self-efficacy (p = 0.004), hope (p = 0.000), and resilience (p = 0.011).
Conclusions: These results highlight the effectiveness of self-administered mindfulness practice on the psychological health of doctoral candidates, and the positive effect on psychological capital is reported as a key finding.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||mindfulness, MBSR(BC), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, breast cancer, biomarkers, cytokines, anxiety, depression, mindfulness meditation, postgraduate students, psychological capital, research candidates|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Mental Health|
|Objective Group:||Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental Health|
|UTAS Author:||Barry, KM (Associate Professor Karen Barry)|
|UTAS Author:||Woods, M (Dr Megan Woods)|
|UTAS Author:||Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)|
|UTAS Author:||Stirling, C (Associate Professor Christine Stirling)|
|UTAS Author:||Warnecke, E (Dr Emma Warnecke)|
|Year Published:||2019 (online first 2018)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||2|
|Deposited By:||Agriculture and Food Systems|
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