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. 2012 Jan;68(1):101-16.
doi: 10.1002/jclp.20853. Epub 2011 Nov 28.

Association of Participation in a Mindfulness Program With Measures of PTSD, Depression and Quality of Life in a Veteran Sample

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Association of Participation in a Mindfulness Program With Measures of PTSD, Depression and Quality of Life in a Veteran Sample

David J Kearney et al. J Clin Psychol. .

Abstract

Objectives: To assess outcomes of veterans who participated in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).

Design: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, depression, functional status, behavioral activation, experiential avoidance, and mindfulness were assessed at baseline, and 2 and 6 months after enrollment.

Results: At 6 months, there were significant improvements in PTSD symptoms (standardized effect size, d = -0.64, p< 0.001); depression (d = -0.70, p<0.001); behavioral activation (d = 0.62, p<0.001); mental component summary score of the Short Form-8 (d = 0.72, p<0.001); acceptance (d = 0.67, p<0.001); and mindfulness (d = 0.78, p<0.001), and 47.7% of veterans had clinically significant improvements in PTSD symptoms.

Conclusions: MBSR shows promise as an intervention for PTSD and warrants further study in randomized controlled trials.

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