An Insider Perspective Of Participants' Experiences of the Benefits and Barriers to Attending Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reunion Meetings on Completion of their Programmes; An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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An Insider Perspective Of Participants' Experiences of the Benefits and Barriers to Attending Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reunion Meetings on Completion of their Programmes; An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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dc.contributor.author Hopkins, Vivienne en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-08T18:37:31Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T10:34:41Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-06 en_US
dc.description.abstract Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a promising approach aimed at the prevention of relapse in people suffering from recurrent depression. However little is known about what factors support gains in the longer-term. This study examines participants’ experiences of the perceived benefits and barriers to MBCT reunion attendance. Thirteen people, who had participated in MBCT classes for recurrent depression within a primary care setting, were interviewed about their experiences of the reunion meetings or their reasons for not attending. Seven of these had completed their program within the previous 12 to 18 months at the time of interview, and six had completed their program between 20 months and 4 years prior to the time of the interview. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to analyze participants’ accounts. Four themes highlighted the participants’ experiences: In terms of benefits, reunion attendees experienced the reunions as a booster reminding them of their mindfulness practices and as a sanctuary where these practices were further nurtured within an accepting and compassionate environment. Barriers to reunion attendance were difficulties around the group experience and wanting to put the experience behind them. This related to the memory of depression as well as to the program and group experience for some individuals. Theoretical, clinical and research implications are discussed. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3262 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.subject Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) en_GB
dc.subject Depression en_GB
dc.subject Relapse prevention en_GB
dc.subject Reunion attendance en_GB
dc.subject Qualitative en_GB
dc.title An Insider Perspective Of Participants' Experiences of the Benefits and Barriers to Attending Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reunion Meetings on Completion of their Programmes; An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-11-08T18:37:31Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T10:34:41Z
dc.contributor.advisor Kuyken, Willem en_US
dc.publisher.department Psychology en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle DClinPsy in Clinical and Community Psychology en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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