A wellbeing evaluation of an online mindfulness program. (2021)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Science
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
In a world full of distractions, it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain present. Contemporary organizations are reporting rises in levels of work-related stress, anxiety, and depression amongst employees. This means that it has become essential for organizations to introduce effective wellbeing interventions to support employees. Mindfulness interventions are amongst the common wellbeing interventions introduced in organizations making it imperative that rigorous evaluations are conducted. This paper outlines two studies carried out as part of an evaluation of a 14-day online mindfulness intervention program. The evaluation indicators are wellbeing, sleep quality, energy levels, general health, and life satisfaction. Study 1A is a quasi-experimental pre-post design with an intervention (n=21) and control group (n=7). Study 1B is a pre-post design with a sample of teachers engaging with the mindfulness program (n=37). Data for both studies were collected at baseline, and again at the end of the program. Results from repeated measures ANOVA and paired t-tests in Study 1A demonstrated a significant increase in energy levels for the intervention group following the completion of the mindfulness program, while all other indicators demonstrated non-significant differences. Results from Study 1B demonstrated a significant increase across all indicators: wellbeing, health, life satisfaction, sleep-quality, and energy levels. Modified Brinley plots were also utilized to demonstrate individual differences over time. Practical implications, future research directions, and limitations of this research are also discussed.