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J Clin Psychol. 2014 Oct;70(10):933-41. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22102. Epub 2014 May 20.

Mindfulness intervention for child abuse survivors: a 2.5-year follow-up.

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Center for Integrative Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The present study reports on the long-term effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

METHOD:

Of the study participants, 73% returned to the clinic for a single-session follow-up assessment of depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and mindfulness at 2.5 years.

RESULTS:

Repeated measures mixed regression analyses revealed significant long-term improvements in depression, PTSD, anxiety symptoms, and mindfulness scores. The magnitude of intervention effects at 128 weeks ranged from d = .5 to d = 1.1.

CONCLUSION:

MBSR may be an effective long-term treatment for adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. Further investigation of MBSR with this population is warranted given the durability of treatment effects described here.

KEYWORDS:

child abuse; long-term follow-up; meditation; mindfulness intervention; posttraumatic stress disorder; sexual abuse

PMID:
24844944
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.22102
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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