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Leidt oefening tot mindfulness?

Broeke, C.A. ten (2014) Leidt oefening tot mindfulness?

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Abstract:Introduction: Mindfulness has become a familiar concept over the years and this concept has aimed to be effective. The popularity has grown considerably and more and more mindfulness trainings are given. Previous studies mainly focused on the effectiveness of mindfulness training on short term. It’s important to give more focus on the effects on the long term, therefore this study focused on the long term effects, as well as the effectiveness of the specific homework exercises of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training on mindfulness. Method: This study is part of a larger study on the effectiveness of the MBSR. Mindfulness was measured by the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire – Short Form (FFMQ-SF) , a questionnaire that determines the degree of mindfulness in various facets. All participants completed the FFMQ-SF before entering the MBSR training. Subsequently, all 33 participants followed the MBSR course and completed the diaries. After the MBSR training they again completed the FFMQ-SF. Fifteen participants were followed by using diaries in week eight through sixteen. At the end of the sixteen weeks the fifteen participants completed the FFMQ-SF for the final time. For analysis of the results the Paired Sample T-test and regression analyses are used. Conclusion: This study clearly showed that the MBSR training provides an increased level of mindfulness, this continues to exist until at least eight weeks after attending the training. There is no clarity about what homework exercises derived from the MBSR training provide an increased level of mindfulness. This can be a result of the diaries, which weren’t structured enough before they were delivered towards the participants. May be that the diaries are not structured enough delivered towards the participants. In a subsequent study, more attention should be paid to how the participants carry out their homework exercises. As a result it should be possible, with a follow-up study, to show which homework exercises of the MBSR training provide an increased level of mindfulness.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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