Effectiveness of an online self-help program (Mind-OP) In reducing anxiety, depression, and stress: mediating role of mind-wandering
Khan, Brittany D.
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In the current study, I assessed the effectiveness of a newly created brief online mindfulness program titled Mindfulness and Self Compassion Online Program (Mind-OP) in reducing depression, anxiety, and subjective stress in a student sample. I also examined if the program worked to reduce mental health symptoms through reductions in mind wandering, which is when one is engaged in a task yet their mind is focused on task unrelated thoughts. A total of 184 participants were recruited from the University of Regina’s research participation pool to participate in this six-week longitudinal trial; however, a total of 92 were retained for analyses due to errors in data collection and retention rates. Results indicated that that Mind-OP was effective in significantly reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, as well as increasing levels of self-compassion. There was no significant mediation effect of mind wandering; however, this analysis was extremely underpowered. Results of the present study suggest that Mind-OP, a brief mindfulness and self-compassion intervention administered online, may be beneficial for mild-moderate mental health symptoms; however, larger and more definitive studies are required to replicate the findings. Accordingly, plans of replication and extension to other populations are under way.