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Association of participation in a mindfulness program with measures of PTSD, depression and quality of life in a veteran sample

Kearney, David J. ; Mcdermott, Kelly ; Malte, Carol ; Martinez, Michelle ; Simpson, Tracy L.

Journal of Clinical Psychology, January 2012, Vol.68(1), pp.101-116 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Association of participation in a mindfulness program with measures of PTSD, depression and quality of life in a veteran sample
  • Author/Creator: Kearney, David J. ; Mcdermott, Kelly ; Malte, Carol ; Martinez, Michelle ; Simpson, Tracy L.
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Mindfulness ; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder ; Acceptance ; Depression ; Meditation
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Clinical Psychology, January 2012, Vol.68(1), pp.101-116
  • Description: Objectives: To assess outcomes of veterans who participated in mindfulness‐based stress reduction (MBSR). Design: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, depression, functional status, behavioral activation, experiential avoidance, and mindfulness were assessed at baseline, and 2 and 6 months after enrollment. Results: At 6 months, there were significant improvements in PTSD symptoms (standardized effect size, d = ‐0.64, < 0.001); depression (d = ‐0.70, <0.001); behavioral activation (d = 0.62, <0.001); mental component summary score of the Short Form‐8 (d = 0.72, <0.001); acceptance (d = 0.67, <0.001); and mindfulness (d = 0.78, <0.001), and 47.7% of veterans had clinically significant improvements in PTSD symptoms. Conclusions: MBSR shows promise as an intervention for PTSD and warrants further study in randomized controlled trials. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 68:1–16, 2012.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0021-9762 ; E-ISSN: 1097-4679 ; DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20853