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

Barry, KM ORCID: 0000-0003-2297-7931, Woods, M ORCID: 0000-0002-6462-7692, Martin, A ORCID: 0000-0003-0109-1218, Stirling, CM ORCID: 0000-0003-2723-8302 and Warnecke, E ORCID: 0000-0003-2972-8823 2018 , 'A randomized controlled trial of the effects of mindfulness practice on doctoral candidate psychological status' , Journal of American College Health , pp. 1-10 , doi: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1515760.

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Abstract

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: Article
Authors/Creators:Barry, KM and Woods, M and Martin, A and Stirling, CM and Warnecke, E
Keywords: mindfulness, MBSR(BC), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, breast cancer, biomarkers, cytokines, anxiety, depression, mindfulness meditation, postgraduate students, psychological capital, research candidates
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of American College Health
Publisher: Heldref Publications
ISSN: 0744-8481
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1515760
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