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      Impact of Mindfulness Training on Spanish Police Officers’ Mental and Emotional Health: a Non-Randomized Pilot Study

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          Abstract

          Objectives

          The purpose of this exploratory non-randomized controlled study was to determine the acceptance and effectiveness of an 8-week mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) co-designed by a police officer.

          Methods

          A pretest-posttest control group design was followed. Participants (MBI group = 20; control group = 18) answered baseline and post-training self-reported measures. In addition, the weekly emotional state of the MBI group was collected. Paired-samples t-test and analysis of covariance were performed for pre-post within-group and between-group differences, respectively, as well as linear mixed effects analysis of repeated measures for week-by-week data.

          Results

          High acceptance and attendance rates, as well as significant pre-post within-group differences in the MBI group in mindfulness ( η 2 = 0.43), self-compassion ( η 2 = 0.43), depression ( η 2 = 0.54), anxiety ( η 2 = 0.46), stress ( η 2 = 0.51), difficulties in emotion regulation, sleep quality ( η 2 = 0.57), and burnout ( η 2 = 0.31–0.47), were identified. Moreover, police officers who underwent the MBI experienced a week by week decrease of anger, disgust, anxiety, sadness, and desire. Finally, after adjusting for pre-test scores, significant between-group differences were found in the way of attending to internal and external experiences (observing mindfulness facet; η p 2 = 0.21), depression symptoms ( η p 2 = 0.23), general distress ( η p 2 = 0.24), and the degree of physical and psychological exhaustion (personal burnout; η p 2 = 0.20).

          Conclusions

          The preliminary effectiveness of this MBI on psychopathology and quality of life outcomes in Spanish police officers was discussed. Previous evidence regarding the promising use of MBIs in this population was supported.

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                Contributors
                jaimenavarretehidalgo@gmail.com
                Journal
                Mindfulness (N Y)
                Mindfulness (N Y)
                Mindfulness
                Springer US (New York )
                1868-8527
                1868-8535
                14 January 2022
                14 January 2022
                : 1-17
                Affiliations
                [1 ]GRID grid.5338.d, ISNI 0000 0001 2173 938X, Department of Personality, Evaluation, and Psychological Treatments, , University of Valencia, ; Avd. Blasco Ibañez 21, 46010 Valencia, Spain
                [2 ]Asociación H Policía, Madrid, Spain
                [3 ]GRID grid.512890.7, CIBER of Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN), ; Madrid, Spain
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                http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9482-4822
                Article
                1827
                10.1007/s12671-022-01827-5
                8758924
                35043066
                0bf492c0-782f-4d92-8fa3-edbfae548719
                © The Author(s) 2022

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                : 2 January 2022
                Funding
                Funded by: Universitat de Valencia
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                Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry
                mindfulness-based intervention,police officers,psychopathology,quality of life,suicide ideation,linear mixed models

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