Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Mental Health Professionals: a Long-Term Quantitative Follow-up Study

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de Zoysa, Nicole, Ruths, Florian A., Walsh, J. and Hutton, Jane 2012. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Mental Health Professionals: a Long-Term Quantitative Follow-up Study. Mindfulness. 5 (3), pp. 268-275.
Authorsde Zoysa, Nicole, Ruths, Florian A., Walsh, J. and Hutton, Jane
Abstract

The authors investigated whether the psychological benefits and meditation practice identified 3 months after attending a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) programme were maintained in a group of mental health professionals at 18 months follow-up. Of the 23 participants who attended the original MBCT programme, 18 agreed to participate. A repeated measures design was employed with the following measures taken: mindfulness; psychological well-being; life satisfaction; trait worry; trait and state anxiety; and an index of weekly meditation practice. A measure of life events and perceived stress was also included. Participants (N = 10) who provided data at each of the three time points—baseline, 3 months follow-up and 18 months follow-up—were included in the repeated measures ANOVAs. Compared to baseline, a significant improvement in levels of mindfulness, trait anxiety and trait worry was noted at 18 months follow-up. Three quarters of the current sample maintained some form of meditation practice although weekly amounts of meditation practice were found to be unrelated to psychological well-being. Contrary to prediction, life events and related levels of perceived stress correlated positively with levels of mindfulness. Attending a MBCT group as a mental health professional appears to have a positive impact on psychological well-being and ongoing meditation practice which persists long after the end of the intervention. Reasons for a lack of association between length of weekly practice and psychological well-being, as well as the positive relationship between perceived stress and mindfulness, are discussed.

KeywordsMindfulness; Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT); Mental health professionals; Meditation; Follow-up
JournalMindfulness
Journal citation5 (3), pp. 268-275
ISSN1868-8535
1868-8527
Year2012
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s12671-012-0176-4
Publication dates
Print01 Dec 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited23 May 2017
Accepted2012
Copyright informationThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12671-012-0176-4.
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