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A brief mindfulness intervention: Effects on trait mindfulness, stress and emotion regulation within a sample of working adults.

Coates, Lucy (2018) A brief mindfulness intervention: Effects on trait mindfulness, stress and emotion regulation within a sample of working adults. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Due to increasing demands within employment, the prevalence of work-related stress is becoming more common. Work-related stress has detrimental effects for the individual suffering and their employer, indicating a need for interventions to reduce stress. Previous research has found mindfulness to offer promising results. However, the commitment required and the duration of a typical mindfulness course could be considered impractical due to busy work schedules.This study was therefore interested in the effectiveness of a brief mindfulness intervention, delivered via a mobile phone-based application. Forty-seven employees were allocated randomly to either a mindfulness group (n = 24) or an active control group (n = 23). The study investigated if a brief ten-day mindfulness intervention could increase trait mindfulness, decrease stress and decrease difficulties in emotion regulation within a sample of working adults.From pre to post-intervention, significant increases in self-reported trait mindfulness were identified within the mindfulness group and also significant decreases in self-reported stress and difficulties in emotion regulation. The control group displayed non-significant changes from pre to post control group activities for all the tested variables. This study adds to the little research conducted on mobile phone interventions and also addresses real life implications and directions for future research.

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