Effects of mindfulness-based interventions on alexithymia:A systematic review

Norman, Hilary, Marzano, Lisa, Coulson, Mark and Oskis, Andrea (2019) Effects of mindfulness-based interventions on alexithymia:A systematic review. Evidence-Based Mental Health, 22 (1). pp. 36-53. ISSN 1362-0347

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Question Alexithymia has been found to be modifiable through treatment, with associated clinical benefits. Recent studies have begun to test the potential of mindfulness-based interventions to reduce alexithymia, using skills-based, group training to improve non-judgemental, present-moment awareness. The objective of this review therefore was to conduct a systematic synthesis to assess the current state of knowledge about the effect of mindfulness-based interventions on alexithymia to inform clinical practice. Study selection and analysis We carried out a systematic review of the literature and found four randomised controlled trials of the effect of mindfulness-based interventions on alexithymia, with a combined total of 460 participants. Findings A random-effects meta-analysis, combining study endpoint data, showed a statistically significant effect of mindfulness-based treatment on alexithymia (Toronto Alexithymia Scale) compared with the control group (mean difference=â '5.28, 95% CI â '9.28 to â '1.28, p=0.010). Subgroup analysis was conducted to investigate sources of heterogeneity (I 2 =52%). Heterogeneity was reduced when the meta-analysis was restricted to interventions of a similar duration (3 months or less). Conclusions Findings from our study should be replicated in further research with larger samples; however, the results indicate that mindfulness-based interventions may be an effective treatment in reducing alexithymia.

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Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2019 BMJ Publishing Group Limited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult psychiatry,psychiatry and mental health,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2738
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2022 12:30
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2023 04:28
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/88982
DOI: 10.1136/ebmental-2018-300029

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