The Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in Improving Adaptive Behaviors, Quality of Life, and Self-Efficiency of Students with Mild Depression

Document Type : Original Article


1 Islamic Azad University, Varamin Branch, Tehran, Iran.

2 Islamic Azad University, Varamin Branch

3 Department of Clinical Psychology, AJA University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran



Introduction: The purpose of this paper was to determine the effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) on improving adaptive behaviors, quality of life, and the self-efficiency of students with mild depression.
Method: This clinical trial study included two experimental and control groups, with pre-test and post-test. Thirty students who lived in Tehran were studied in 2018 and were randomly divided into two groups including experimental and control groups (n=15 person per group). The World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHO-QOL-BREF), Beck Depression, Scherer’s Self-efficiency, and Vineland Adaptive Behavior questionnaires were used to collect information in this study. The participants of the experimental group received MBCT sessions and the control group received no interventions. The pre-test and post-test were conducted in both groups. Data was analyzed by using SPSS 22 software.
Results: The results showed that 24.2%, 50.2%, and 55.6% of personal differences according to an impact factor in the post-test scores of adaptive behaviors, quality of life, and the self-efficiency of students with mild depression was related to the effects of MBCT and significance levels were higher than 0.05. (p<0.05)
Conclusion: According to the findings of the present study it can be concluded that MBCT is effective in improving the adaptive behaviors, quality of life and self-efficiency of students with mild depression.


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