Research aims/questions: To develop a brief mindfulness -based program aimed at improving body image, and investigate its acceptability in a sample of senior high school girls.
Methodology: Female high school students (N=72) participated in a 3-week mindfulness-based program as part of a randomised controlled trial, with self-report measures completed at baseline, post-program, 1- and 6-month follow-up. Subjective ratings of acceptability factors were included at post -program and were assessed using 5-point Likert scales ranging from not at all to very.
Results: Students’ ratings of change in body image resulted in a mean of 3.06 (SD = .66), reflecting a response of no change. Ratings of enjoyment (M = 2.18, SD = .95), understanding (M = 3.42, SD = 1.01), ease of use (M = 3.09, SD = 1.00), effectiveness (M = 2.17, SD = 1.05), and likelihood of continued use (M = 1.74, SD = .99), indicate low to moderate acceptability.
Conclusions: Mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches are increasingly being utilised in efforts to improve mental health and well-being. Preliminary evaluations from the current study reflect the difficulties inherent in imparting and learning mindfulness concepts, and highlight the advantages and disadvantages of school- based prevention and early intervention programs.
35th AACBT National Conference.
Innovations in Self-Care and Resilience: Promoting Empowerment and Well Being.
17 - 19 October 2012, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, Australia.
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