Our group has always been interested in the mechanisms of change when people participate in MBCR, and so we designed the Mind-in-Motion study to evaluate the role of a few key mechanistic candidates including emotion regulation strategies and mindfulness facets. In this PhD project run by Dr. Laura Labelle, we evaluated MBCR participants before, mid-way through, and after the MBCR program, comparing to a waitlist control group.
Time & Sequence Assessment and Mediation Observation Publications
The first paper on the timing and sequence of changed showed a relatively early effect of MBCR on mindfulness facets of observing, nonjudging, rumination, and worry, with other facets changing later.
Labelle, L.E., Campbell, T.S., Faris, P., and Carlson, L.E. (2014). Mediators of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Assessing the Timing and Sequence of Change in Cancer Patients. J Clin Psychol. 2015 Jan;71(1):21-40. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22117. Epub 2014 Aug 5.
The second paper looking at mediation reported increased spirituality, PTG, and mindfulness in MBCR participants relative to controls. Change in all mindfulness facets mediated the effect of MBCR on spirituality and PTG, facilitating a sense of meaning, peacefulness, connectedness, and personal growth.
Labelle, L.E., Lawlor-Savage, L., Campbell, T.S., Faris, P. and Carlson, L.E. (2014) . Does self-report mindfulness mediate the effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on spirituality and posttraumatic growth in cancer patients? The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2014, 10(2), 153-166. http//dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2014.927902.