Considerations for mood and emotion measures in mindfulness-based intervention research.


Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


A large and growing body of work has examined the effects of Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI's), such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, on emotion-related outcomes, both in mental health settings and general populations. These studies vary widely in the approach to measurement of emotion-related measurements after MBI's. A systematic review of randomized clinical trials of MBIs was conducted with a focus on identifying what emotion-related assays were able to detect changes with MBI's, including scales and instruments (both self-report and clinician-rated) on constructs such as depression, anxiety, emotion regulation, and other mood states. In this paper, we reflect on these findings and discuss considerations of outcome measures in MBI research. There are previously established practices for clinical trials research on emotion-related outcomes which may provide some useful methodological standards and study design options for use by the MBI research field.

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