"Nurturing parents" – mindfulness-based parent well-being group in pediatric cystic fibrosis

Harris, Sally A, Harris, Peter R, Lenton, Jason, Warde, Catherine, Gold, Eluned, Gane, Teresa and Seddon, Paul (2021) "Nurturing parents" – mindfulness-based parent well-being group in pediatric cystic fibrosis. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 9 (2). pp. 123-134. ISSN 2169-4826

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Objectives: Parents of a child with cystic fibrosis (CF) are at increased risk of anxiety and depression. We examine the feasibility and acceptability of nurturing parents (NP) mindfulness-based parent well-being group in CF using a mixed methods design. NP is an 8 week group designed to help parents cultivate (a) resilience to stress, (b) kindness toward themselves, and (c) awareness of self when communicating.
Method: Mothers (N = 12) rated individual and group goals and completed measures of dispositional mindfulness, interpersonal mindfulness in parenting, anxiety, depression, and parenting stress, pre-NP and post-NP. Qualitative data from semistructured interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis.
Results: Participants who completed the NP group (n = 9; 75%) reported improvements post-NP in dispositional and interpersonal mindfulness and in at least one group goal. Clinically significant improvements were found for mothers reporting pre-NP anxiety (n = 2) or depression (n = 2) in the clinical range.
Qualitative themes included: (a) gaining self-awareness and choice, (b) connection to others not defined by CF, and (c) validating self-care.
Conclusions: Mothers reported psychological benefits of NP group and preferences that may promote retention. Findings may inform clinical practice. A future pilot trial of efficacy in CF may be feasible.

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Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 07:17
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 07:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/99022

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