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Dissertation

Mindfulness As A Pain and Stress Management Intervention In Helping Professions Teaching Settings

27 July 2007

Abstract

A quantitative needs analysis, with qualitative elements, of helping professions programs' support of their students' self-care practices is detailed in this paper. Data analyzed were 24 transcribed interviews from student volunteers (from occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant and optometry), regarding their self-care practices, programmatic support of their coping, how their programs might offer more support, and their responses to a mindfulness exercise. Participants described almost 10 coping strategies on average. Most participants made notations of strengths and concerns with their programs' support, were desirous of more information from their programs about self-care, and described generally positive responses to the mindfulness exercise. The study's findings are critically discussed, and implications for clinicians, researchers, and educators are given.


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