Presentation Title: Effects of Internet-Based Mindfulness Training on Stress and Well-Being

Abstract: Relaxation training is a commonly prescribed method for reducing stress in healthy adults. One benefit of this training is that it can be taught with few resources and practiced independently. As such, it has been incorporated into online treatments for stress-related conditions such as insomnia and chronic headache. The current study investigated whether internet-delivered mindfulness training might reduce stress and produce more healthy coping than traditional relaxation training. Participants were randomly assigned to: Mindfulness training, Relaxation training, or no treatment at all. The outcome instruments were: The Five Factor Mindfulness Questionnaire, the Perceived Stress Scale (Cohen et al., 1983), and the Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations. Additionally, participants were asked to click on a link following each exercise; it was thus possible to determine whether, and to what extent the participants engaged in the treatments presented. All data have been collected are currently being analyzed.

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