A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial for a Videoconference-delivered Mindfulness-Based Group Intervention in a Nonclinical Setting

Krageloh, Christian U. and Medvedev, Oleg N. and Taylor, Tamasin and Wrapson, Wendy and Rix, Grant and Sumich, Alexander and Wang, Grace Y. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2063-031X and Csako, Rita and Anstiss, David and Ranta, Jussi T. and Patel, Ninad and Siegert, Richard J. (2018) A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial for a Videoconference-delivered Mindfulness-Based Group Intervention in a Nonclinical Setting. Mindfulness, 10 (4). pp. 700-711. ISSN 1868-8527


Technology is increasingly being integrated into the provision of therapy and mental health interventions. While the evidence base for technology-led delivery of mindfulness-based interventions is growing, one approach to understand the effects of technology-delivered elements includes programs that retain some aspects of traditional face-to-face interaction. This arrangement offers unique practical advantages, and also enables researchers to isolate variables that may be underlying the effects of technology-delivered interventions. The present study reports on a pilot videoconference-delivered mindfulness-based group intervention offered to university students and staff members with wait-list controls. Apart from the first session of the 6-week course, the main facilitator guided evening classes remotely via online videoconferencing, with follow-up exercises via email. Participants were taught a variety of mindfulness-based exercises such as meditation, breathing exercises, and mindful tasting, as well as the concepts underpinning such practice. Participants completed pre- and post-intervention questionnaires on depression, anxiety, repetitive negative thinking, dysfunctional attitudes, positive and negative affect, self-compassion, compassion for others, and mindfulness. For participants who attended at least five of the six sessions, scores on all outcome measures improved significantly post-intervention and remained stable at 3-week follow-up. The videoconference-delivered mindfulness-based group intervention appears to provide a viable alternative format to standard mindfulness programs where the facilitator and participants need to live in close physical proximity with each other.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2022 23:54
Last Modified: 30 May 2022 04:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Group intervention; Mindfulness-based intervention; Nonclinical; Pilot study; University; Videoconference
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200105 Treatment of human diseases and conditions
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-018-1024-y
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48401

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