Mindfulness-based stress reduction: What processes are at work?

Dobkin, P. (2007)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been shown to be beneficial for clinical and non-clinical populations, however little work has been published concerning the processes underlying improvements seen.

Women who had completed medical treatment for breast cancer were asked to complete questionnaires pre- and post-MBSR and were interviewed to gain qualitative data, with the aim of exploring mechanisms underlying changes.

The Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale was found to be a useful process measure to assess changes in mindfulness.

The study corroborated that of Shapiro et al – that over time participants in an MBSR program "reperceive" what they encounter in their daily experiences.

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
(2007) Article in Press Corrected Proof

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Rachael Lowe is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Physiopedia. A physiotherapist and technology specialist Rachael has been working with Physiopedia since 2008 to create a resource that provides universal access to physiotherapy knowledge as well as a platform for connecting and educating the global physiotherapy profession.

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