A Qualitative Exploration of Self-Perceived Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reducation (MBSR) Intervention on Deeply Distressing Experiences. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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Kamat, A. 2022. A Qualitative Exploration of Self-Perceived Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reducation (MBSR) Intervention on Deeply Distressing Experiences. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London Department of Psychology https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.8w630
AuthorsKamat, A.
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Abstract
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) intervention has been widely used around the globe to improve psychological and physical wellbeing. Considering the extensive evidence-base for the efficacy of MBSR intervention, exploring the lived experiences of individuals experiencing deeply distressing experiences may provide us with a better understanding of this complex phenomenon.
The research aimed to examine the understanding and making sense of deeply distressing experiences following MBSR intervention. Seven participants who have completed an 8-week MBSR intervention and who self-identified as having experienced deeply distressing experiences were interviewed. Semi-structured interviews were transcribed and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
Two major themes emerged from the analysis: ‘Facing the emotional rollercoaster’ and ‘A mindful way of being’. Each major theme entails four subthemes.
The results reveal new insights into the importance of the process of going through deeply distressing experiences, encapsulating avoidance and fear of facing one’s own reality. The present study draws attention to the significance of embodiment and awareness in the transformative process of shifting deeply distressing experiences and re-connecting with the body as a gateway into an embodied way of being. Clinical implications of the findings are discussed, including moving beyond diagnoses and the potential of using aspects of MBSR in the therapeutic context.

KeywordsMBSR; mindfulness-based stressreduction; mindfulness; deeply distressing experiences; distress; IPA
Year2022
PublisherUniversity of East London
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.8w630
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Online09 Aug 2023
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Completed28 Aug 2022
Deposited09 Aug 2023
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