Online Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Reduces Perceived Stress Levels

Cognitive Behavior Therapy StudyThere is evidence that Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can be an effective intervention for a wide range of chronic health problems.  Previous research suggests that mindfulness practices help alleviate stress. The authors of the current study sought to determine if online MBCT would also help decrease perceived stress levels among a self-referred sample.  Participants (100) took part in a 6-week mindfulness based stress reduction and cognitive therapy intervention program. They completed the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) before the program, after the program, and at 1-month follow up.  Results showed that online MBCT significantly reduced perceived stress levels; perceived stress levels remained stable at the 1-month follow up; and pre and post effect sizes were equivalent to levels found in other mindfulness and cognitive therapies delivered face-to-face. This study provides preliminary support for online based MBCT.

Krusche A., Cyhlarova E., King S., Williams J.M.G.  Mindfulness online:  A preliminary evaluation of the feasibility of web-based mindfulness courses and the impact on stress.  BMJ Open 2012; 2: e000803 doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000803

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  1. Donald Robertson
    Donald Robertson says:

    To what extent did Dr. Beck’s description of psychological “distancing” in cognitive therapy and the AWARE strategy in his later clinical textbook on anxiety disorders pre-empt later mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches in CBT? It seems to me that the seeds of mindfulness in cognitive therapy were already sown in his earlier writings, in some respects.

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  2. Peter Strong
    Peter Strong says:

    Mindfulness Therapy provides an exciting new approach for working with anxiety, depression and a wide range of health conditions. There are several mechanisms of action to explain the efficacy of mindfulness-based therapy, the most familiar one being the application of mindful awareness to prevent cognitive rumination and the proliferation of anxiety-producing thoughts.

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