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A randomized controlled trial of the effects of mindfulness practice on doctoral candidate psychological status


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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DOI: doi:10.1080/07448481.2018.1515760


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 Details

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:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Barry, KM (Associate Professor Kara Barry)
UTAS Author:Woods, M (Dr Megan Woods)
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
UTAS Author:Stirling, C (Professor Christine Stirling)
UTAS Author:Warnecke, E (Dr Emma Warnecke)
ID Code:129038
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2018-11-05
Last Modified:2019-12-18

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