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Clinicaltrials.gov identifier NCT03923452
Recruitment Status Not yet recruiting
First Posted April 22, 2019
Last update posted April 23, 2019
This study will evaluate whether mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a viable community program for enhancing wellbeing among older adult immigrants from low income neighborhoods. Half of the sample will be randomized to receive the 9-week mindfulness program and the other half will be randomized to a wait list control condition. Primary outcomes of interest will include perceived stress and self-report depressive symptoms. Secondary outcomes will include trait mindfulness and self-care, optimism, expectations regarding aging, social connection, and attentional skills. Participants will also be invited to engage in a 30-minute interview to discuss their lived experience as an immigrant in Canada and their experience in the MBSR program.
Adults aged 65 years and older are the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population. In the 2006 Census, 43% of older adults in Ontario identified as being a Canadian immigrant, a statistic which continues to grow in the context of an aging population. Aging is commonly associated with declines in physical and cognitive capacity, which is significantly accelerated by chronic perceived stress. Lower income older adults are particularly vulnerable to accelerated aging and disease onset due to the stress of economic insecurity. In 2012,4 the highest chronic low-income rates in Canada were reported among immigrants 65 years of age and older. Accordingly, it is important to investigate programs that can support the wellbeing of aging Canadian immigrants. Within the one-year tenure of the RBC grant, the principal investigator (PI) and her research team will conduct a one-factor between-subjects design with two conditions - a mindfulness-based intervention and a waitlist control - to examine the benefits of mindfulness training on indices of wellbeing, including perceived stress, social engagement, quality of life, and self-reported emotional health. It is hypothesized that mindfulness training will enhance indices of wellbeing compared with wait-list control. Employing a mixed-methods approach, participants will also engage in a qualitative interviews to provide insight into the lived experience and how mindfulness may serve Canadian immigrants living with economic insecurity.
|Experimental: MBSR: Mindfulness-based stress reduction
Participants will be exposed to the 9-week MBSR program, facilitated by a trained MBSR facilitator.
Behavioral: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-based stress reduction is a manualized mindfulness training protocol that has been researched for over 20 years. The original protocol will be used, with the exception of the prescribed home practice duration (i.e. 30 mins of practice). Rather, the program will be modified to set up participants for success by providing them with instruction to "build" on their meditation practice, beginning with 8 minutes a day.
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- 60+ years of age; Canadian immigrant; low socioeconomic status
- existing contemplative practice; currently enrolled in a research study; non-fluency
in English; neurological disorder that prevents participation in the 9-week program or
testing procedures; plans to vacation during the study period/unable to attend 9
program sessions and 2 testing sessions; existing substance abuse (last 6 months);
psychiatric disorder that may prevent participation in 9-week program or testing
Contact: Alexandra J Fiocco, PhD 416-979-5000 ext 3008 firstname.lastname@example.org