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Evaluating Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Analyzing Stories of Stress to Formulate Focus Group Questions
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
Short Title: Evaluating Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2008
Pages: 107 - 109
Sources ID: 53631
Visibility: Public (group default)
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The primary purpose of this analysis was to learn how therapeutic community (TC) residents describe Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) delivered as part of their substance use recovery experience. A secondary purpose was to develop focus group questions guided by TC residents' descriptions. Two researchers independently analyzed 38 written stories about stress in the TC. The researchers used conventional content analysis; independent analysis was followed by consensus dialogue to identify key words and code definitions. Three themes emerged from the content analysis: utility, portability, and sustainability. Participants talked about MBSR as a tool which helped them “manage” their recovery, noting that they used MBSR techniques in the TC and off-site. They believed they could use MBSR even after exiting the TC. Three focus group questions were formulated, one for each theme. Content analysis of stories of stress provided substantive guidance for formulating focus group questions which incorporated the voice of participants through familiar terms and friendly language.