Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Long-Term Mindfulness Meditation: Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Pain, Is There A Connection For Public Health?
by Spowart, Sara A., Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2014, 183; 3615623
Abstract (Summary)

Long-term mindfulness meditation for anxiety, depression, pain and stress has not been adequately investigated in academic literature. The majority of literature in relation to mindfulness meditation and these ailments concerns Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. This is a short-term 6-8 week program that requires a licensed professional, is limited in availability, high cost, and combines other elements aside from mindfulness meditation, such as yoga, martial arts, group discussion, poetry and other teaching techniques meant to increase mindfulness concentration. Furthermore, efficacy studies, which have assessed the long-term impact of MBSR are inconclusive. Although these studies on long-term practice demonstrate a sustained positive impact from MBSR, they neglect the role that sustained individual practice and group practice played on participants. These participants continued long-term mindfulness meditation practice after the MBSR program had concluded. Moreover, there is a need to explore long-term mindfulness meditation and whether this is more efficacious regarding anxiety, depression, stress and pain than MBSR alone. This dissertation study explored, through 37 semi-structured qualitative interviews, the perceived effect of regular mindfulness meditation on practitioners in West Central Florida who have practiced longer than 6-8 weeks and maintain a consistent individual and group practice. No study of this kind is currently in existence. This exploratory study could provide further insight into dose-responses most beneficial for reducing anxiety, depression, stress and pain, and the potential role of mindfulness meditation alone in this relationship.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perrin, Karen
Commitee: Becker, Marion, Kromrey, Jeffrey, Martinez-Tyson, Dinorah
School: University of South Florida
Department: Community and Family Health
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-B 75/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Medicine, Public health, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Anxiety, Community-based groups, Depression, Mindfulness meditation, Public health, Stress
Publication Number: 3615623
ISBN: 9781303816901
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