Mindfulness-based stress reduction for managers: a randomized controlled study

D. Żołnierczyk-Zreda , M. Sanderson , Sylwia Bedyńska


BACKGROUND: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), which was initially used in clinical settings, has also proved to be an effective tool for managing work-related stress in occupational groups inherently exposed to certain psychosocial risks. AIMS: To examine the potential for work-related stress management using MBSR for middle-level managers who are considered to be particularly affected by the negative effects of stress related to organizational restructuring. METHODS: Middle-level managers participated in a randomized controlled study which implemented a 2 (experimental versus control group) × 2 (baseline, post-treatment) study design, yielding a between-group comparison. The participants were randomly assigned to an 8-week intervention group or to a wait-list control group. RESULTS: The results showed that, relative to the control group, the MBSR intervention had significant effects on several outcomes in the 144 subjects, including: decreases in perceived work-related stress (F(1,140) = 20.4, P < 0.001, d diff = 0.72), negative affect (F(1,140) = 45.3, P < 0.001, d diff = 0.93), intensity of somatic complaints (F(1,140) = 20.7, P < 0.001, d diff = 0.69), and sickness absence (F(1,140) = 67.3, P < 0.001, d diff = 0.69), and increase in self-esteem (F(1,140) = 44.1, P < 0.001, d diff = 1.25), and positive affect (F(1,140) = 6.73, P < 0.01, d diff = 0.43). No effects were found on frequency of somatic complaints. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that MBSR is an effective method for managing work-related stress and bolstering psychological resilience in the workplace, particularly in the face of psychosocial risks of a global, economic nature.
Author D. Żołnierczyk-Zreda
D. Żołnierczyk-Zreda,,
, M. Sanderson
M. Sanderson,,
, Sylwia Bedyńska (Wydział Psychologii)
Sylwia Bedyńska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesOccupational Medicine-Oxford, ISSN 0962-7480, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishManagers; mindfulness; occupational stress; perceived work stressors; sick leave
ASJC Classification2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
URL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27440398
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)25
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.912; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 1.441 (2) - 2016=1.588 (5)
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