The Adaptation and Evaluation of a Pilot Mindfulness Intervention Promoting Mental Health in Student Athletes

Audrey G. Evers, Jessica A. Somogie, Ian L. Wong, Jennifer D. Allen, Adolfo G. Cuevas

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a pilot mindfulness program for student athletes by assessing mental health, mindfulness ability, and perceived stress before and after the intervention. The mindfulness program was adapted from a program developed at the University of Southern California. The four-session intervention taught the basics of mindfulness, self-care skills, and guided meditations. Participants completed surveys before and after the interven-tion. Mindfulness ability was assessed with the Cognitive and Affective Mindfulness Scale, mental health was assessed with a modified Short Form Health Survey, and stress was assessed with the Perceived Stress Scale. After the intervention, participants reported improvement in mindfulness ability, t(28) = −2.61, p = .014, mental health, t(28) = −2.87, p = .008, and a trending improvement in perceived stress, t(28) = 1.86, p = .073. A short mindfulness program may be effective for improving mental health and mindfulness ability in collegiate student athletes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-226
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Clinical Sport Psychology
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • meditation
  • mindfulness-based interventions
  • stress management
  • student athlete well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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