Mindfulness-based stress reduction among Emirati Muslim women
Source of Publication
Mental Health, Religion and Culture
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Explorations of mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic approaches are relatively scarce outside of Europe and North America. This study examined the effectiveness and the religio-cultural appropriateness/acceptability of a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme among Muslim citizens of the United Arab Emirates. Emirati college women (N = 12) were enrolled in an eight-week, group-based, MBSR programme. After completing the programme, participants attended a focus group exploring their perceptions of MBSR, with a particular emphasis on exploring the cultural appropriateness of this approach. The MBSR programme was favourably evaluated, and not in any way deemed antithetical towards the participants' own theistic or cultural traditions. The results are discussed with reference to identifying bridging concepts to help better contextualise MBSR for people who spontaneously couch their experiences in religious themes, or who explicitly express a desire for faith-affiliated interventions.
Arab, depression, MBSR, mindfulness, Muslim
Thomas, Justin; Raynor, Monique; and Bakker, Marie Claire, "Mindfulness-based stress reduction among Emirati Muslim women" (2016). All Works. 2397.
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