The influence of mindfulness meditation on angry emotions and violent behavior on Thai technical college students

Wongtongkam, Nualnong, Day, Andrew, Ward, Paul Russell, and Winefield, Anthony Harold (2015) The influence of mindfulness meditation on angry emotions and violent behavior on Thai technical college students. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 7 (2). pp. 124-130.

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Abstract

Introduction: Violence among technical college students is a significant issue in Thailand, South East Asia, and yet few interventions are available for use with this group. In this study the outcomes of a culturally appropriate intervention, mindfulness meditation (MM), on anger and violent behavior are reported. The MM intervention was delivered over three consecutive weeks to technical college students (n = 40) and the effects compared to a comparison group (n = 56) who attend classes as usual.

Methods: Both the intervention and comparison group completed a series of validated self-report measures on aggressive and violent behavior perpetration and victimization on three occasions (pre-intervention, 1 month and 3 month post-intervention).

Results: Program participants reported lower levels of anger expression at one month follow-up, but there were no observed group x time interactions for self-reported violent behavior. Rates of victimization changed over time, with one interaction effect observed for reports of being threatened.

Conclusions: MM may have the potential to improve emotional self-control, but is likely to only impact on violent behavior when this is anger mediated.

Item ID: 47206
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1876-3839
Keywords: anger, mindfulness meditation, Thailand, technical college
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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