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Effects of Meditation Awareness Training on Psychosocial Functioning in Prison Participants

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01651091
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified August 2012 by Edo Shonin, Nottingham Trent University.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : July 26, 2012
Last Update Posted : August 7, 2012
Awake to Wisdom Foundation
Serco Group Plc
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Edo Shonin, Nottingham Trent University

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Psychosocial Functioning Other: Meditation Awareness Training Other: Treatment as usual Not Applicable

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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 102 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: Effects of Meditation Awareness Training on Psychosocial Functioning in Prison Participants: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : March 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : November 2013

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Meditation Awareness Training Other: Meditation Awareness Training
Psychotherapy Intervention

Active Comparator: Treatment as Usual Other: Treatment as usual

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Risk of Reoffending

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Anger levels
  2. Self-esteem
  3. Substance-use locus of control
  4. Self-harming
  5. Affective mood states

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older 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 (NCT number): NCT01651091

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Contact: Edo Shonin

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United Kingdom
Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG1 4BU
Contact: Edo Shonin   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nottingham Trent University
Awake to Wisdom Foundation
Serco Group Plc
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Responsible Party: Edo Shonin, Research Psychologist, Nottingham Trent University Identifier: NCT01651091    
Other Study ID Numbers: MAT-30072012-T
First Posted: July 26, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 7, 2012
Last Verified: August 2012