Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHSR/IRB)

PROPOSAL ID:3613
TITLE:MINDFULNESS STUDY
PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:ZIEMER, CHRISTINE
PSYCHOLOGY
8162715681
CZIEMER@MISSOURIWESTERN.EDU
OTHER INVESTIGATORS:BRITTANY ADDISON
IRB SUMMARY: File Created: November 4, 2021
Department Chair Action Date: November 4, 2021
Current Status: Expedited Approval Granted
Action Date: November 5, 2021
Approval Expiration Date: November 5, 2022
Confidentiality Data are not linked to individuals

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

This study intends to explore the effects mindfulness practice has on children and adults. We are interested in determining if a mindfulness meditation practice positively affects children and adults with regard to their stress levels, anxiety, self-regulation, and depression. Furthermore, we will investigate whether having experienced childhood trauma mitigates these effects.

STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

We will be implementing a six-week mindfulness practice course with children and adults at Noyes Home, the Saint Joseph School District, and Missouri Western State University. All participants over the age of 18 will sign an informed consent, anyone under the age of 18 will have a parent or legal guardian sign an informed consent, and in addition, any child between the ages of 10-18 will sign an assent form. The practice will consist of meditation and breathing techniques to induce a sense of mindfulness. These sessions primarily be conducted through a mindfulness application on a tablet or phone which the researcher will instruct participants on how to use. Participants will be asked to answer a series of questionnaires measuring mindfulness, self-regulation, anxiety, depression, and stress before and after the intervention. Participants will also complete an Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale. Results of the pre-and post-test scales will be compared to examine the effects of the mindfulness meditation practice.

ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITS

There is the risk that with a mindfulness meditation practice, some individuals may experience discomfort or triggering thoughts while trying to calm their mind. To reduce the risk of this we will be sure to caution participants about this risk and emphasize that they are free to end their participation at any point. This risk will be identified in the consent document as well. There are also many potential benefits of mindfulness meditation including increased focus and concentration, decreased stress, and increased cardiovascular health.

SUBJECT SELECTION

We hope to recruit approximately 50 children (between 5-18 years of age) and 50 adults to participate in this study. Participants will be solicited from Noyes Home (including staff) as well as the Saint Joseph School District and Missouri Western University.

CONFIDENTIALITY

All questionnaire data will be identified with only a subject ID number and no identifying information will be linked with the data collected. Consent forms will be kept separately from questionnaires. All data will be handled by only the researchers listed on this proposal.

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