Guided Online Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Community Residents with Emotional Distress during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Daniel Kim-wan Young*, Per Carlbring, Daphne Yi-ting Cheng, Siu Man Ng, Petrus Yat-nam Ng, Joseph Qi Rong Chen

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Abstract

This study aimed to assess the efficacy of a guided online mindfulness-based intervention (iMBI) for community residents experiencing emotional distress during the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong. In a randomized controlled trial, 64 participants were recruited from collaborating community-based mental health service units in Hong Kong and assigned to either the treatment (n = 32) or control (n = 32) groups. The treatment group received a guided iMBI consisting of 16 online modules, weekly telephone counseling, and two half-day online workshops on mindfulness practice. In contrast, the waitlist control group did not receive any intervention during the initial stage. Using a 2 (two groups) × time (pre versus post) repeated measures linear mixed model and one-way analysis of variance, authors demonstrated that the treatment group experienced a significantly larger reduction in anxiety and depressive symptoms with a large effect size compared with the control group. Additionally, the treatment group showed a significantly greater improvement in mindfulness with a moderate effect size. The findings support the effectiveness of guided iMBI for community residents experiencing emotional distress during the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-166
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Work
Volume69
Issue number2
Early online date13 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Medicine(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese societies
  • andomized controlled trials
  • emotional distress
  • mindfulness-based interventions
  • online interventions
  • randomized controlled trials

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