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Toward Expert Clinicians: The Effects of Teaching Mindfulness in Physical Therapy Education
by Kindel, Heather Rae, Ph.D., Robert Morris University, 2018, 234; 10904844
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research study was to investigate the effects of teaching a mindfulness curriculum to graduate physical therapy (PT) students in the classroom. The researcher investigated two research questions. How does training PT graduate students in mindfulness strategies affect self-regulation, stress management, and trait mindfulness in personal and professional life immediately following training and 8 weeks posttraining?, and What is the experience of PT students being trained in mindfulness in personal and professional life related to self-regulation, stress and trait mindfulness? This was a mixed methods, comparison and intervention study design conducted with N=32 graduate PT students, who were divided into intervention and comparison groups. The intervention group received a mindfulness curriculum over a 6 week period. Pre and posttests (immediately and 8 weeks after) were given to both groups with Five Factor Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ), Motivational Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ), and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). Qualitative interviews were done immediately after experiment. Statistical analysis using two-way MANOVA revealed statistically significant findings across time for the PSS and FFMQ, an interaction between time and group for the MSLQ, PSS, and FFMQ, and group across time for the PSS. Qualitative analysis showed Prior Experience, Perception, Mindfulness Tools, Challenges, Stress Management, Self-Regulation, Continued Application, and Feedback on Course as categories, each containing subcategories and themes. Incorporating mindfulness into PT education was shown to increase self-regulation, decrease student stress, and increase trait mindfulness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rofoth, Mary Ann
School: Robert Morris University
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Health education, Higher education
Keywords: Higher education, Mindfulness, Physical therapy, Self-regulation, Stress
Publication Number: 10904844
ISBN: 978-0-438-15748-4
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