A Five-Week Mindfulness Program for Emerging Adults Experiencing Anxious and/or Depressive Symptoms
Diplock, Benjamin David
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Emerging adulthood is the highest risk period for developing mental health issues compared to other periods across the lifespan. Despite this high risk, emerging adults (EAs) experience especially long wait-times for mental health services. Therefore, preventative, evidence-based treatment is needed to enhance coping among EAs. Recent studies suggest a beneficial role for brief mindfulness-based interventions (bMBI) in addressing mental health symptom burden. High-quality research is needed to demonstrate whether bMBIs can provide efficacious treatment to improve the lives of EAs. The current study tested the efficacy of a five-week bMBI baseline within-subject controlled trial. The results of this preliminary analysis indicated that this bMBI was 1) effective in improving psychological distress and wellbeing outcomes and maintaining these improvements one-month following, and 2) that high pre-intervention self-compassion influenced primary outcomes. The current findings lend support for an efficacious preventative strategy and provide direction for increased services n post-secondary education.