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Maddock, Alan and Hevey, David and Eidenmueller, Katharina (2017) Mindfulness training as a clinical intervention with homeless adults: a pilot study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction , 15 , (3) , pp. 529-544.


The prevalence of mental health and addiction issues in the homeless population is very high. Mindfulness based interventions have been shown to have positive impacts on anxiety, depression and addiction in various populations. Mixed methods explored the impact of a mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) intervention for 12 homeless men. Quantitative measures of anxiety, depression, impulsivity and emotional reactivity were completed pre and post intervention, and participants were interviewed about their experiences of MBSR. Statistically significant changes in anxiety, depression, emotional reactivity and impulsivity were found. The qualitative data highlighted how mindfulness skills can easily be taught to this population, and through the use of these skills, participants were able to develop enhanced coping skills, mindful traits, well-being and an improved capacity to deal with their mental health and addiction issues. This study gives support to the promising potential of mindfulness interventions being implemented by mental health care professionals with homeless service users.

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Publication Type
Irish-related, International, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Treatment method, Harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Page Range
pp. 529-544
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)
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