Effect of Seminar on Compassion on student self-compassion, mindfulness and well-being: A randomized controlled trial
Journal of American College Health
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2018
Pages: 537 - 545
Source ID: shanti-sources-108356
Collection: Mindfulness Studies and Undergraduates
Abstract: OBJECTIVE:Mindfulness-based interventions have been shown to have psychological benefits in college students. We explored the effects of an academic Seminar on Compassion on student psychological health. PARTICIPANTS: Forty-one participants (14 male, 27 female, mean age 19.8 ± 1.4 years) were assessed pre- and post- spring semesters 2013 and 2014. METHODS: Students were randomized to the Seminar on Compassion or a wait-list control group. Participants completed self-report measures on anxiety, depression, perceived stress, self-compassion, compassion and mindfulness. Salivary alpha-amylase was also assessed. RESULTS: At baseline, self-compassion and mindfulness were negatively correlated with depression, anxiety, and perceived stress. There were significant changes between the intervention and control group from Time 1 to Time 2 in mindfulness, self-compassion, compassion, and salivary alpha-amylase; however, there were no significant changes in depression, anxiety, and perceived stress. CONCLUSIONS: The course was effective in increasing mindfulness, self-compassion and compassion, and decreasing a salivary marker of stress.