A Low-Intensity Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Mood Symptoms in People with Early Psychosis: Development and Pilot Evaluation

Alan Chun Yat Tong, Jessie Jing Xia Lin (Corresponding Author), Veronica Yuen Ki Cheung, Nicole Ka Man Lau, Wing Chung Chang, Sherry Kit Wa Chan, Christy Lai Ming Hui, Edwin Ho Ming Lee, Eric Yu Hai Chen

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Background: Depressive and anxiety symptoms are common in people suffering from early psychosis. Growing evidence shows that mindfulness-based intervention is an effective option in handling depression and anxiety disorders. Current article aims to provide documentation on the development and pilot study, before a RCT of larger scale, evaluating the acceptability and potential effects of a 7-week mindfulness-based intervention programme (MBI-p). Method: MBI-p was developed over nine months in 2014. A total of 14 people with early psychosis were recruited to three pilot trials of MBI-p. Eleven of them completed the programme and were interviewed. Eight of them were measured quantitatively at baseline and post-intervention on clinical symptoms, depression and anxiety levels, quality of life and mindfulness. Results: Mixed qualitative and quantitative results supported MBI-p as an acceptable and feasible intervention. Significant statistical improvements were found in depression levels, mental quality of life, general psychopathology and ability to observe emotions and act with awareness. Qualitative comments suggested that the intervention was safe, enjoyable and had a positive impact on mood symptoms. In summary, these results provide a promising pilot support for a potentially effective and cost-efficient treatment option for people with early psychosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-560
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Depressive mood
  • Development
  • Early psychosis
  • Mindfulness-based intervention
  • Pilot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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