Mindfulness

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 268–275 | Cite as

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Mental Health Professionals: a Long-Term Quantitative Follow-up Study

  • Nicole de Zoysa
  • Florian A. Ruths
  • James Walsh
  • Jane Hutton
ORIGINAL PAPER

Abstract

The authors investigated whether the psychological benefits and meditation practice identified 3 months after attending a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) programme were maintained in a group of mental health professionals at 18 months follow-up. Of the 23 participants who attended the original MBCT programme, 18 agreed to participate. A repeated measures design was employed with the following measures taken: mindfulness; psychological well-being; life satisfaction; trait worry; trait and state anxiety; and an index of weekly meditation practice. A measure of life events and perceived stress was also included. Participants (N = 10) who provided data at each of the three time points—baseline, 3 months follow-up and 18 months follow-up—were included in the repeated measures ANOVAs. Compared to baseline, a significant improvement in levels of mindfulness, trait anxiety and trait worry was noted at 18 months follow-up. Three quarters of the current sample maintained some form of meditation practice although weekly amounts of meditation practice were found to be unrelated to psychological well-being. Contrary to prediction, life events and related levels of perceived stress correlated positively with levels of mindfulness. Attending a MBCT group as a mental health professional appears to have a positive impact on psychological well-being and ongoing meditation practice which persists long after the end of the intervention. Reasons for a lack of association between length of weekly practice and psychological well-being, as well as the positive relationship between perceived stress and mindfulness, are discussed.

Keywords

Mindfulness Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) Mental health professionals Meditation Follow-up 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole de Zoysa
    • 1
  • Florian A. Ruths
    • 2
  • James Walsh
    • 3
  • Jane Hutton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological MedicineKing’s College HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Maudsley Psychotherapy DepartmentLondonUK
  3. 3.School of PsychologyUniversity of East LondonLondonUK

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