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dc.contributor.authorHofmann, Stefan G.en_US
dc.contributor.authorPetrocchi, Nicolaen_US
dc.contributor.authorSteinberg, Jamesen_US
dc.contributor.authorLin, Muyuen_US
dc.contributor.authorArimitsu, Kohkien_US
dc.contributor.authorKind, Shelleyen_US
dc.contributor.authorMendes, Adrianaen_US
dc.contributor.authorStangier, Ulrichen_US
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Statesen_US
dc.date2015-05-21
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-01T16:53:04Z
dc.date.available2018-02-01T16:53:04Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifierhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26136807
dc.identifier.citationStefan G Hofmann, Nicola Petrocchi, James Steinberg, Muyu Lin, Kohki Arimitsu, Shelley Kind, Adriana Mendes, Ulrich Stangier. 2015. "Loving-Kindness Meditation to Target Affect in Mood Disorders: A Proof-of-Concept Study.." Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, Volume 2015: 269126.
dc.identifier.issn1741-427X
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/26593
dc.description.abstractConventional treatments for mood disorders primarily focus on reducing negative affect, but little on enhancing positive affect. Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) is a traditional meditation practice directly oriented toward enhancing unconditional and positive emotional states of kindness towards oneself and others. We report here two independent and uncontrolled studies carried out at different centers, one in Boston, USA (n = 10), and one in Frankfurt, Germany (n = 8), to examine the potential therapeutic utility of a brief LKM group intervention for symptoms of dysthymia and depression. Results at both centers suggest that LKM was associated with large-sized effects on self-reported symptoms of depression (d = 3.33 and 1.90), negative affect (d = 1.98 and 0.92), and positive affect (d = 1.63 and 0.94). Large effects were also found for clinician-reported changes in depression, rumination and specific positive emotions, and moderate effects for changes in adaptive emotion regulation strategies. The qualitative data analyses provide additional support for the potential clinical utility of the intervention. This proof-of-concept evaluation of LKM as a clinical strategy warrants further investigation.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipR01 AT007257 - NCCIH NIH HHS; R01 MH078308 - NIMH NIH HHS; R21 MH102646 - NIMH NIH HHSen_US
dc.format.extent269126 - ?en_US
dc.languageeng
dc.relation.ispartofEvid Based Complement Alternat Med
dc.rightsCopyright © 2015 Stefan G. Hofmann et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectLife sciences & biomedicineen_US
dc.subjectIntegrative & complementary medicineen_US
dc.subjectMindfulness-based therapyen_US
dc.subjectPositive affecten_US
dc.subjectSelf-compassionen_US
dc.subjectDepressionen_US
dc.subjectInterventionsen_US
dc.subjectAnxietyen_US
dc.subjectComplementary and alternative medicineen_US
dc.titleLoving-kindness meditation to target affect in mood disorders: a proof-of-concept studyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1155/2015/269126
pubs.elements-sourcepubmeden_US
pubs.notesEmbargo: No embargoen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciencesen_US
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_US
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0002-3548-9681 (Hofmann, Stefan G)


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Copyright © 2015 Stefan G. Hofmann et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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