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Effectiveness of Mindfulness‐Based Cognitive Therapy on Reduction of Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Mothers of Children With Cancer

Author(s): Mehranfar M | Younesi J | Banihashem A

Journal: Iranian Journal of Cancer Prevention
ISSN 2008-2398

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Cognitive therapy | Depression | Anxiety | Child | Cancer

AbstractBackground: Findings demonstrated that parents of children with cancerexperience elevated levels of distress, depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stresssymptoms, and subjective symptoms of stress. In this study, we determinedeffectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) on reduction ofdepression and anxiety symptoms in mothers of children with cancer.Methods: Four mothers whose children had cancer were diagnosed to havedepression and anxiety symptoms, using Beck Anxiety Inventory, Beck DepressionInventory II, and Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV. They were selectedthrough purposeful sampling to participate in this experimental single-case study.After the baseline was determined, subjects attended an eight-session program ofMindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.Results: The comparison of baseline and post-test showed that depression andanxiety symptoms decreased through MBCT. Improvement quotient for depressionand anxiety of each subject was good.Conclusion: Data showed that MBCT reduced depression and anxiety symptomsin mothers of children with cancer.

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