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Title: A pilot study investigating the effectiveness of a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed specifically for parents of children with chronic illnesses
Author: Darbyshire, Corrie
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2008
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Objectives: to evaluate the effectiveness of a six-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, specially designed for parents of chronically ill children. The course aimed to increase mindfulness and enhance psychological well-being in participants. It also aimed to reduce perceived difficulties associated with parenting and improve perceptions of child well-being. Design: a within subjects related measures design was used. Method: eight children were recruited to take part in an MBSR course that included components of MBCT and ACT. Participants attended six weekly group meetings and carried out daily home-based mindfulness practice. Measures were administered at baseline, post-treatment and three-months follow up. Results: immediately post-treatment, participants were significantly more mindful and reported significantly lower levels of anxiety, depression and parenting distress, than at baseline. These gains were maintained at three months follow-up. No significant differences were observed in the participants’ perceptions of their child’s well-being across the time points. Conclusion: a brief MBSR course has the potential to enhance the well-being of distressed parents who have chronically ill children. These findings support the conduct of a randomised control trial.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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