About this Research Topic
This Research Topic aims to collect articles examining the latest research findings and best practices in mindfulness for people with schizophrenia and psychosis. As J. Kabat-Zinn founded the concepts and training of mindfulness as a therapeutic treatment modality 30 years ago, its acceptance and trials in severe mental illnesses such as psychosis was very low and preliminary or neglected. An Internet search of mindfulness research papers in schizophrenia shows only a few papers every year over the last decade. The articles included in this topic can include those exploring the nature and foundations of mindfulness, its mechanisms of actions, and its use across cultures. In addition, it consolidates and highlights research that address issues concerning training of clinicians, professionals/teachers, family caregivers, and service users/personnel in mindfulness practices/services.
Main coverage of this research topic includes assessment of mindfulness and its fidelity; implementation and evaluation of mindfulness in wide varieties of conditions and contexts, particularly in schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, together with different levels of psychological distress and suffering; nature and fundamentals and mechanisms of actions; and evidence on the effectiveness of mindfulness across cultures/settings. It serves as an inter-disciplinary and multi-dimensional forum for the broad-based, leading-edge research and discussion in this research area. Particularly, mindfulness-based programs have been well evidenced in helping family caregivers to enhance emotional regulation, control or attention and self-efficacy, as well as relieving distress and burden of care for chronic physical illnesses, and anxiety and depressive disorders. But there is scant research in families of people with schizophrenia or psychosis.
This research topic will include articles across all different study designs, including case studies, original research, experimental or quasi-experimental design, cohort group, observational study, and randomized controlled trials. Each study design may serve specific function in understanding about mindfulness according to their phases of development and contributions, and thus all approaches will be accepted.
Moreover, there are only few psychosocial interventions for schizophrenia and psychosis inducing insight into their illness and treatment and/or focusing on their emotional regulation and functioning. Mindfulness may be useful to serve these purposes and providing basis for long-term effect on psychotic patients’ daily functioning and self-regulation or self-efficacy in illness management. There is also other important research in mindfulness such as biological changes induced by mindfulness to exert psychological impacts, comparative effects of mindfulness alone versus other cognitive or psychosocial interventions (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and/or versus mindfulness combined with other treatments.
Hence, we welcome research and theoretical or discussion papers that extend our knowledge and experience of mindfulness in psychosis. We also highly encourage and welcome researchers and practitioners to write about their mindfulness practices and training programs and how it provides support and impacts on individual trainees or service users, and/or their effects in groups.
Keywords: family caregivers, mindfulness, schizophrenia, psychosis
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