Effectiveness of Training Mindfulness on Psychological Well-being, Coping Strategy and Family Function among Women Suffering from Breast Cancer

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Applied Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Education of Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Applied Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran



Introduction: The main purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of mindfulness training on psychological well-being, coping strategies, and family functioning among women with breast cancer.
Method: This study was a semi-experimental research with a pretest-posttest control group design and a three-month follow-up period. Twenty nine women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer were selected via convenience sampling method and were then randomly assigned into two experimental and control groups. The Psychological Well-Being questionnaire (PWB), Family Assessment Devise (FAD), Roger's Coping Strategies questionnaire and the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) were applied to collect data. The members of the experimental group were treated using mindfulness training protocol in 6 sessions, each lasting for 60 minutes. Eventually, data were analyzed through mixed ANOVA analysis.
Results: Findings showed that training mindfulness had a significant effect on the promotion of psychological well-being, coping strategy and family function of women suffering from breast cancer (P<0.01).
Conclusion: According to the results of this study, the implementation of mindfulness training in psychotherapy centers and health clinics would be beneficial and effective in managing the psychological issues concerning patients with breast cancer.


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