A “collective effort to make yourself feel better”: The group process in mindfulness-based interventions.

Cormack, D., Jones, F. W. and Maltby, M. (2017) A “collective effort to make yourself feel better”: The group process in mindfulness-based interventions. Qualitative Health Research. ISSN 1049-7323.

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There is growing interest in mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) in the management of multiple physical and mental health issues. Although MBIs utilize a group format, research on how this format impacts teaching and learning mindfulness is lacking. This study aimed to develop a detailed theory of MBI group processes utilizing a grounded theory methodology.

This article presents our subsequent model, developed from semistructured interviews conducted with MBI students, teachers, and trainers (N = 12). A core category, the group as a vessel on a shared journey, and three higher-order categories emerged from the data. They illustrate how MBI group processes navigate a characteristic path. Teachers build and steer the group “vessel” in a way that fosters a specific culture and sense of safety. The group is facilitated to share communal experiences that augment learning and enrich mindfulness practice. Limitations and implications for clinicians and researchers are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MBSR, MBCT; South East England; grounded theory; group development; group processes; mindfulness; qualitative
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0467 Clinical psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Fergal W. Jones
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 15:54
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2017 06:58
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16401

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