Mindfulness matters in the classroom: A pilot study of a university-wide classroom-based brief mindfulness program

Author: Jesse Honsky1, Marjorie N Edguer2, Elizabeth R Click1, Suzanne Rusnak3, Barbara Burgess Van Aken4, Matthew A Salerno5, Kristen A Berg6
1 Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
2 Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
3 Independent Contractor, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
4 Department of English, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
5 School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
6 Center for Health Care Research and Policy, Population Health Research Institute, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Conference/Journal: J Am Coll Health
Date published: 2023 Jul 25
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1080/07448481.2023.2237596. , Word Count: 157

Objective: The aims of this pilot study were: first, to assess the impact of a brief classroom-based mindfulness program on students' reported levels of mindfulness, well-being, and stress; and, second, to understand students' experiences of participating in the program.Participants: Students at a private midwestern research-intensive university, 133 (16%) students completed either the study's pretest or post-test survey.Methods: The study had an observational design using pre- and post-test survey responses from students taking courses from faculty who were trained to facilitate brief classroom-based mindfulness activities.Results: Students who participated in the semester-long program reported reduced levels of stress and increased mindfulness. Qualitative data indicate that students found the program to be beneficial.Conclusions: Brief classroom-based mindfulness activities led by faculty may have benefits for students in higher education settings. More research is recommended to better understand the impact of mindfulness in the classroom on students and faculty.

Keywords: Classroom; higher education: mindfulness; stress; university students; well-being.

PMID: 37490524 DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2023.2237596