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The role of gender in mindfulness-based interventions: an epidemiological and qualitative examination of attendance and outcome

The efficacy of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in reducing depressive relapse is now well established however the overwhelming majority of attendees are female suggesting that the acceptability of this intervention for men is relatively low. In the “DARE” project, our large trial of MBCT, for example, only 18.7% of participants were male. Even if they do attend, there is emerging evidence that men gain less benefit from mindfulness training. Because females experience more depression than males, this project will compare the rate of depression in men vs women with attendance rates by gender across MBCT, mindfulness-based stress reduction and other mindfuloness-based intervention studies to establish the degree to which female attendance is disproportional to the percentage of females in the population with depression. Qualitative work may involve individual interviews and focus groups focusing on understanding the barriers and how the gender imbalance could be addressed by improving the attendance of men in MBCT and modifying the program.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
mindfulness, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, MBCT, depression, major depressive disorder, men, gender
School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health / Hudson Institute of Medical Research » Psychiatry
Available options 
Masters by research
Masters by coursework
Time commitment 
Physical location 
Dandenong Hospital
Shiva Vasi

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