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      A Mindfulness Based Support Group for Families in Early Psychosis: A pilot qualitative study

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      Journal of Mental Health and Addiction Nursing

      Dougmar Publishing Group, Inc.

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          Background and Objectives: To explore a mindfulness-based support group for parents of young people in care for a first episode of psychosis with an Early Intervention Service (EIS). Material and Methods: Family members in EIS were recruited for a one year research protocol with eight group sessions during which mindfulness practices were introduced.  Participants were supported in developing an ongoing mindfulness practice.  Focus groups and individual interviews provided data for qualitative analysis of participant experience. Results: Participants reported that mindfulness practice was associated with (1) a greater sense of ease (2) increased awareness, (3) less emotional reactivity, and (4) improved interpersonal relationships.   Factors involved in developing a sustained mindfulness practice included the age and stage of illness of the offspring, the stage of family development and prior exposure to mindfulness.      Conclusions: Sustained mindfulness practice, developed in the context of a mindfulness-based family support group, can provide support in regard to coping and communication for parents of young people in care for a first episode of psychosis.   Further exploration of the use of mindfulness to support families encountering mental illness seems warranted.    

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              Mindfulness meditation practices as adjunctive treatments for psychiatric disorders.

              Mindfulness meditation-based therapies are being increasingly used as interventions for psychiatric disorders. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) have been studied extensively. MBSR is beneficial for general psychological health and pain management. MBCT is recommended as an adjunctive treatment for unipolar depression. Both MBSR and MBCT have efficacy for anxiety symptoms. Informed clinicians can do much to support their patients who are receiving mindfulness training. This review provides information needed by clinicians to help patients maximize the benefits of mindfulness training and develop an enduring meditation practice. Published by Elsevier Inc.
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                Journal
                Journal of Mental Health and Addiction Nursing
                JMHAN
                Dougmar Publishing Group, Inc.
                2561-309X
                February 15 2017
                March 21 2017
                : 1
                : 1
                : e30-e34
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                10.22374/jmhan.v1i1.11
                © 2017

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