Effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction course on the psychological well-being of individuals with an intellectual disability

Anderson, Richard, McKenzie, Karen and Noone, Steve (2019) Effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction course on the psychological well-being of individuals with an intellectual disability. Learning Disability Practice, 22 (2). pp. 20-25. ISSN 1465-8712

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Abstract

Aim To evaluate the effect of a 12-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course adapted for people with an intellectual disability (ID).

Methods Ten participants with ID completed measures of well-being and understanding of the concepts of mindfulness before and after the course, provided information about additional practise and gave feedback on the perceived benefits of the course.

Findings No significant difference was found between mean well-being or understanding scores before and after the course. A significant relationship was found between additional practise and post-course well-being scores. Perceived benefits of mindfulness included reduced stress, increased self-control and confidence.

Conclusion MBSR may be effective for people with ID but the benefits may not always be reflected in changes in questionnaire scores. The amount of practise of mindfulness exercises may be an important component of increasing well-being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning disability, mental health, mental health therapies, mindfulness, psychological interventions, well-being
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2018 16:12
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 19:33
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37291

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