Mindfulness for students (MindRest)

Background

Students in academic environments are under a lot of pressure, with assignment deadlines, exams, and financial matters constantly weighing on their minds. This leads to a large proportion of students reporting stress-related complaints, affecting their academic performance, as well as their quality of life. Therefore, it is important to identify and improve ways to help reduce the stress-related discomfort that they experience. One of the approaches that has been receiving a lot of attention recently is the practice of mindfulness, which can reduce or prevent complaints of anxiety, and tension.

Aim

The aim of this study is to find out whether the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is effective in reducing stress in stressed students. We also aim to better understand how and for whom MBSR works, to enable better prevention and treatment of stress-related complaints in students in the future.

Study population

For this study, 120 participants who study at Radboud University, Radboudumc, and HAN will be recruited.

Methods

This study consists of a randomized, controlled trial. Outcome measures include clinical self-reported questionnaires, neurocognitive tasks, and ecological momentary assessments. Measurements are taken before and after a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training and clinical measures are repeated as a follow-up 3 months after the training.

Period

This research is being conducted by Radboudumc and will take place between July 2020 and June 2024 at the Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging (DCCN) and the Radboudumc Center for Mindfulness (CvM).

Organisation/researchers

The research team consists of Nikos Kogias (PhD student), Dr. Dirk Geurts (psychiatrist and post-doc researcher), Florian Krause (post-doc researcher), Erno Hermans (professor of Cognitive Affective Neuroscience), and Anne Speckens (professor of Psychiatry).

More information

For more information you can contact Nikos Kogias:

Email: nikos.kogias@donders.ru.nl

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