Effects of Meditation Awareness Training on Psychosocial Functioning in Prison Participants

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment.
Verified August 2012 by Nottingham Trent University
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Awake to Wisdom Foundation
Serco Group Plc
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Edo Shonin, Nottingham Trent University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01651091
First received: July 24, 2012
Last updated: August 6, 2012
Last verified: August 2012
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of an eight-week long group-based secular intervention known as Meditation Awareness Training (MAT) on psychosocial functioning in prison participants.


Condition Intervention
Psychosocial Functioning
Other: Meditation Awareness Training
Other: Treatment as usual

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: Effects of Meditation Awareness Training on Psychosocial Functioning in Prison Participants: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Further study details as provided by Nottingham Trent University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Risk of Reoffending

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Anger levels
  • Self-esteem
  • Substance-use locus of control
  • Self-harming
  • Affective mood states

Estimated Enrollment: 102
Study Start Date: March 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Meditation Awareness Training Other: Meditation Awareness Training
Psychotherapy Intervention
Active Comparator: Treatment as Usual Other: Treatment as usual

Detailed Description:

In Western practitioner settings, Buddhist principles are increasingly being used in the treatment of a wide range of mental health issues. However, there is a dearth of high quality research examining the effects of Buddhist-derived interventions (BDIs) on mental health in forensic settings. The purpose of this study is to assess the salutary effects and acceptability of a secularised group-based eight-week BDI known as Meditation Awareness Training (MAT) against relevant predictors of adaptive psychosocial functioning and mental health in violent offenders. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) design will be employed structured with reference to CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) 2010 guidelines. English speaking adult males (aged 18-65 years) serving indeterminate prison sentences for offences of instrumental violence at a category B prison will be invited to receive MAT on a voluntary basis. Computer-generated numbers will be used to randomly allocate prison participants (n=102 - based on statistical power calculations) to either an intervention or 'treatment as usual' (TAU) control condition. Measures will be taken pre- and post-intervention and at three-month follow-up to assess maintenance effects.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult male (aged 18 to 65)
  • English speaking
  • Intact cognition(mini-mental status exam ≥23)
  • Incarceration for an act of instrumental violence
  • Evidence of self-harming and/or suicidal ideations and/or substance-use during the 12 months prior to the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current participation in a program of structured psychotherapy or counselling
  • any prior formal meditation training
  • psychopharmacology commenced or dosage changed one-month prior to intervention (stable medication permitted)
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01651091

Contacts
Contact: Edo Shonin edo.shonin@ntu.ac.uk

Locations
United Kingdom
Nottingham Trent University Not yet recruiting
Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG1 4BU
Contact: Edo Shonin       edo.shonin@ntu.ac.uk   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nottingham Trent University
Awake to Wisdom Foundation
Serco Group Plc
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Edo Shonin, Research Psychologist, Nottingham Trent University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01651091     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MAT-30072012-T
Study First Received: July 24, 2012
Last Updated: August 6, 2012
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 15, 2014