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Effects of Meditation Awareness Training on Psychosocial Functioning in Prison Participants

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2012 by Nottingham Trent University.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Awake to Wisdom Foundation
Serco Group Plc
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Edo Shonin, Nottingham Trent University Identifier:
First received: July 24, 2012
Last updated: August 6, 2012
Last verified: August 2012
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.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male

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)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01651091

Contact: Edo Shonin

United Kingdom
Nottingham Trent University Not yet recruiting
Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG1 4BU
Contact: Edo Shonin   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nottingham Trent University
Awake to Wisdom Foundation
Serco Group Plc
  More Information

Responsible Party: Edo Shonin, Research Psychologist, Nottingham Trent University Identifier: NCT01651091     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MAT-30072012-T
Study First Received: July 24, 2012
Last Updated: August 6, 2012 processed this record on April 26, 2017