, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp 1319–1327 | Cite as

Cultivating Emotional Balance in Professional Caregivers: a Pilot Intervention

  • Noemí Sansó
  • Laura GalianaEmail author
  • Ausiàs Cebolla
  • Amparo Oliver
  • Enric Benito
  • Eve Ekman


Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is an evidenced-based Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Intervention (MCBI) designed to reduce destructive, negative emotional experiences toward oneself and others and to promote skills for experiencing and expressing emotions constructively. The aim of this pilot study was to run a CEB program for professional caregivers of patients with intellectual disability (n = 19, 18 female, mean age = 40.47). Psychometrically validated instruments for the assessment of mindfulness, self-care, emotion regulation, and self-compassion were used. Within the pilot data, preliminary multivariate analysis of variance pointed in the direction of meaningful increases in both the five facets of mindfulness and de-centering. Additional analyses suggest that the pilot intervention can improve self-care self-compassion while reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic, and somatized illness. The pilot findings suggest that CEB may not only help to enhance the regulation of emotional states but could also be associated with improvement of mindfulness, self-care, and self-compassion. New interventions with a randomized control design are encouraged to further examine the benefits of the MCBI with this important population of caregivers supporting people with intellectual disabilities.


Cultivating Emotional Balance intervention Professional caregivers Mindfulness Self-care Symptoms of emotional distress Self-compassion 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Standards

This study was approved by the appropriate ethics committee and has been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments. All persons gave their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noemí Sansó
    • 1
  • Laura Galiana
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ausiàs Cebolla
    • 3
  • Amparo Oliver
    • 2
  • Enric Benito
    • 4
  • Eve Ekman
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Nursing and PhysiotherapyUniversity of Balearic IslandsPalma de MallorcaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Methodology for the Behavioral SciencesUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Assessment, Treatments, and PersonalityUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  4. 4.Balearic Islands Palliative Care Regional ProgramPalma de MallorcaSpain
  5. 5.Osher Department of Integrative MedicineUniversity of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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