The role of mindfulness in reducing stress for pre-service students.

Year: 2007

Author: Kostanski, Marion

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Research indicates that many people in the education and human service industries experience a high incidence of burnout and poor health. Much of this burnout and poor health is shown to be related to the stress of their work. Current practice suggests that intervention within the pre-service years may be a viable way of preventing such high levels of poor biopsychosocial health in the field. Specifically, mindfulness meditation has been proposed as a potential beneficial intervention for people who experience high levels of stress. The current study examined the psychosocial profile of a cohort of pre-service students, to determine if mindfulness was related to lower stress over time. Over a nine month period of study, levels of stress (fatigue and confusion) were found to increase. Interestingly, students with high levels of mindfulness reported significantly lower levels of depression, fatigue, confusion, and tension. Outcomes of the study support the proposal that introduction of a mindfulness programme into pre-service training programmes may be facilitate students in being better equipped to manage stress in their study, work and everyday lives.