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Title: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy : the experience of practice over time
Author: Tollstedt, A. K. J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7224 6499
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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AIMS: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has been demonstrated as an effective intervention for individuals suffering recurring depression; a small body of evidence suggests it can also be useful for other mental health problems. However, relatively little is known about how and why it is effective, and how individuals experience it. This review aimed to synthesise the findings of qualitative studies that explored how MBCT is experienced by service users with a range of mental health problems, specifically their views of perceived therapeutic processes the impact of MBCT, and the experience of implementing what they had learnt. METHOD: A systematic search of two databases (PsycInfo and Pubmed) was carried out. Studies were included if they examined the subjective accounts of individuals with any mental health problem who had undertaken MBCT. The methodological quality of studies was appraised using the CQRMG as a set of flexible guidelines. Findings across studies were synthesized using a thematic analysis approach. RESULTS: Twelve studies were reviewed. Three overarching themes were identified: (i) ‘Positive effects on awareness and coping with difficulties’, (ii) ‘Positive changes in relationships and interactions’, and (iii) ‘Struggle’. Overall, studies reported that participants with a range of depression and anxiety disorders experienced therapeutic benefits, including improved self-regulation and interpersonal relationships; some also reported barriers to implementing and sustaining practice. CONCLUSIONS: MBCT may be useful for a range of mental health problems, not limited to recurring depression. Future research should examine possible changes in the domains of self-regulation, interpersonal relationships, and relationship to oneself. How MBCT is used over time, particularly with regards to sustained practice, needs further investigation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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