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“Be here now” – service users’ experiences of a mindfulness group intervention

“Be here now” – service users’ experiences of a mindfulness group intervention PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to explore service users’ experiences of a mindfulness group intervention.Design/methodology/approachIn total, 15 participants with a diagnosis of a mild or moderate intellectual disability and concurrent mental health difficulties were interviewed using semi-structured interviews about their experiences of attending the mindfulness group.FindingsThematic analysis was used to interpret the data. The three super ordinate themes that emerged were positive aspects of mindfulness, positive aspects of attending the group and negative aspects of attending the group. There were seven subthemes. The results highlighted that participants found the mindfulness group to be beneficial, partly due to specific aspects of the mindfulness intervention and partly due to the group process. The negative aspects of the group were harder to elicit, and were less specifically related to mindfulness.Originality/valueMindfulness-based interventions have emerged as a promising approach for individuals with intellectual disabilities with mental health difficulties. There is currently a lack of research exploring service users with intellectual disabilities about their experiences of mindfulness interventions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Emerald Publishing

“Be here now” – service users’ experiences of a mindfulness group intervention

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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2044-1282
DOI
10.1108/AMHID-10-2017-0035
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to explore service users’ experiences of a mindfulness group intervention.Design/methodology/approachIn total, 15 participants with a diagnosis of a mild or moderate intellectual disability and concurrent mental health difficulties were interviewed using semi-structured interviews about their experiences of attending the mindfulness group.FindingsThematic analysis was used to interpret the data. The three super ordinate themes that emerged were positive aspects of mindfulness, positive aspects of attending the group and negative aspects of attending the group. There were seven subthemes. The results highlighted that participants found the mindfulness group to be beneficial, partly due to specific aspects of the mindfulness intervention and partly due to the group process. The negative aspects of the group were harder to elicit, and were less specifically related to mindfulness.Originality/valueMindfulness-based interventions have emerged as a promising approach for individuals with intellectual disabilities with mental health difficulties. There is currently a lack of research exploring service users with intellectual disabilities about their experiences of mindfulness interventions.

Journal

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual DisabilitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 5, 2018

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