Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for older people in a community setting: a mixed methods feasibility study

O'Shea, Michelle (2016) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for older people in a community setting: a mixed methods feasibility study. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Rationale: In line with complex intervention development, this research takes a systematic approach to examining the feasibility and acceptability of delivering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to older people who experience symptoms of depression.

Methods: A mixed methods approach was adopted in line with recommendations made by the MRC Complex Intervention Development framework. Quantitative and qualitative methods were combined by administering questionnaires as well as conducting post intervention interviews. A number of trial feasibility factors were examined such as recruitment and attrition rates. Qualitative data was analysed using Braun and Clarke’s thematic analysis framework.

Results: Nine participants started the MBCT intervention and six completed the 8-week programme. The results suggest that MBCT for older people is feasible and acceptable. Participants reported improved mindfulness skills. Participants responded positively to being asked to take part in research and appeared to particularly value the group delivery format of the intervention.

Conclusions: MBCT is both feasible and acceptable for older people experiencing symptoms of depression. Further research is required with larger sample sizes to allow for more robust statistical exploration of outcome measures, including mechanisms of change.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, MBCT, older people, depression.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: McLeod, Dr. Hamish
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Ms Michelle O'Shea
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7588
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 15:26
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 07:48
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/7588

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