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J Clin Psychol. 2017 Dec;73(12):1629-1641. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22470. Epub 2017 Mar 6.

Randomized Controlled Trial of Inner Resources Meditation for Family Dementia Caregivers.

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1
Palo Alto University.
2
Stanford University School of Medicine.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This randomized controlled trial examined the comparative effectiveness of 2 interventions for improving diurnal cortisol slope and life satisfaction and reducing stress symptoms among older female dementia family caregivers.

METHOD:

Thirty-one family dementia caregivers were randomized to 8 weeks of Inner Resources for Stress mindfulness meditation and mantra training (IR) or psychoeducation and telephone support (PTS).

RESULTS:

Intention-to-treat analyses revealed statistically significant pre-post improvements in diurnal cortisol slope and overall life satisfaction, but not depression or self-efficacy, in the IR relative to the PTS group. Adherence to between-session meditation practice was significantly associated with decreases in depression and self-reported improvements in ability to cope with stress. In addition, IR participants rated the overall benefits of the program more highly than the PTS group.

CONCLUSION:

These results indicate that mindfulness meditation and mantra has promise as a feasible and effective caregiver intervention for quality of life and physiological responding to stress.

KEYWORDS:

cortisol; dementia caregivers; mantra; meditation; mindfulness; older adults; satisfaction with life

PMID:
28263398
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.22470
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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