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Evaluation of an Occupational Mindfulness Program for Staff Employed in the Disability Sector in Australia

Brooker, Joanne, Julian, John, Webber, Lynne, Chan, Jeffrey, Shawyer, Frances, Meadows, Graham

Academic Literature

2013

The purpose of this preliminary study was to evaluate the impact of a group-based training program, known as ‘Occupational Mindfulness’ (OM), on employee coping and wellbeing within a disability service in Australia.

The study involved a longitudinal observational design. The program was positively evaluated by participants and found to be associated with significant increases in positive affect and the mindfulness facet of observing. In contrast, extrinsic job satisfaction decreased significantly from baseline to post-training, while negative affect, perceived stress, anxiety and negative emotional symptoms increased significantly.

Reasons for the seemingly paradoxical findings of highly favourable participant evaluation of the OM training program alongside increases in perceived stress, anxiety, negative emotional symptoms and negative affect and decreases in job satisfaction immediately following the program are discussed.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Mindfulness

Location : International

Domain/s: Sector development and sustainability

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