Daily change patterns in mindfulness and psychological health: A pilot intervention

Shin Ye Kim, Hanna Suh, Wonjung Oh, Jacob Daheim

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Abstract

Objective: This study examined the differences in first-year college students' daily change trajectories in subjective happiness, depression, anxiety, stress, and state mindfulness. Method: A 5-day, online mindfulness-based intervention (MI) condition and stress management (SM) condition were employed in 247 first-year college students. Results: Students in both the MI and SM conditions displayed similar significant linear declines in anxiety and stress, but there were significant differences between the two conditions, including: (1) the MI condition showing a significant linear increase in subjective happiness compared with no change in the SM condition and (2) the SM condition showed a significant linear decrease in depression compared to no significant change in the MI condition. Conclusion: Brief online interventions—whether MI or SM—can promote better mental health and reduce psychological distress. The results also lend support for MI's differential influence on first-year college students' happiness and SM's differential influence on their depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-515
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume77
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • first-year college students
  • mindfulness
  • online-based intervention
  • self-determination theory
  • stress management

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