Women Benefit More Than Men in Response to College-based Meditation Training

Rojiani, R. et al. Frontiers in Psychology | Published online: 20th April 2017

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Objectives: While recent literature has shown that mindfulness training has positive effects on treating anxiety and depression, there has been virtually no research investigating whether effects differ across genders—despite the fact that men and women differ in clinically significant ways. The current study investigated whether college-based meditation training had different effects on negative affect for men and women.

 

Conclusion: These findings suggest that women may have more favorable responses than men to school-based mindfulness training, and that the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions may be maximized by gender-specific modifications.

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Mindfulness meditation versus relaxation therapy in the management of tinnitus.

Arif, M. et al. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology | Published online: 30 March 2017

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Psychotherapeutic interventions have been adopted effectively in the management of tinnitus for a long time. This study compared mindfulness meditation and relaxation therapy for management of tinnitus.

This study suggests that although both mindfulness meditation and relaxation therapy are effective in the management of tinnitus, mindfulness meditation is superior to relaxation therapy.

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Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Hilton, L. et al. (2017) Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 51(2) pp. 199–213

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Background: Chronic pain patients increasingly seek treatment through mindfulness meditation. This study aims to synthesize evidence on efficacy and safety of mindfulness meditation interventions for the treatment of chronic pain in adults.

Conclusions: While mindfulness meditation improves pain and depression symptoms and quality of life, additional well-designed, rigorous, and large-scale RCTs are needed to decisively provide estimates of the efficacy of mindfulness meditation for chronic pain.

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