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Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Lisa Christiansen, PsyD, Chair

Second Advisor

Michael Christopher, PhD, Reader

Abstract

Every day law enforcement officers face a multitude of stressors and potentially traumatic situations. It has been proposed that mindfulness can serve as a potential vehicle for mediating stress. Posttraumatic Growth (PTG), or the ability to grow from a trauma, is an important construct for any population that routinely faces trauma. This study looked at whether participating in a mindfulness class would increase levels of PTG among a sample of police officers. Participants were given the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) and the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) before, at mid-point, and at the conclusion of an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Resiliency Training course. Results show that, while participants’ levels of mindfulness significantly increased from Time1 to Time3, levels of PTG did not show significant change. It is concluded that increasing one’s levels of mindfulness is not sufficient to increase levels of PTG. Suggestions for future research include having a larger sample size, screening participants for trauma and including a cognitive processing component in the protocol.

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