A randomised controlled trial of a brief online mindfulness-based intervention

Cavanagh, Kate, Strauss, Clara, Cicconi, Francesca, Griffiths, Natasha, Wyper, Andy and Jones, Fergal (2013) A randomised controlled trial of a brief online mindfulness-based intervention. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51 (9). pp. 573-578. ISSN 0005-7967

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There is growing evidence that mindfulness has positive consequences for both psychological and physical health in both clinical and non-clinical populations. The potential benefits of mindfulness underpin a range of therapeutic intervention approaches designed to increase mindfulness in both clinical and community contexts. Self-guided mindfulness-based interventions may be a way to increase access to the benefits of mindfulness. This study explored whether a brief, online, mindfulness-based intervention can increase mindfulness and reduce perceived stress and anxiety/depression symptoms within a student population.


One hundred and four students were randomly allocated to either immediately start a two-week, self-guided, online, mindfulness-based intervention or a wait-list control. Measures of mindfulness, perceived stress and anxiety/depression were administered before and after the intervention period.


Intention to treat analysis identified significant group by time interactions for mindfulness skills, perceived stress and anxiety/depression symptoms. Participation in the intervention was associated with significant improvements in all measured domains, where no significant changes on these measures were found for the control group.


This provides evidence in support of the feasibility and effectiveness of shorter self-guided mindfulness-based interventions. The limitations and implications of this study for clinical practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 08:58
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2015 08:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57147
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