A randomized controlled trial of Koru: a mindfulness program for college students and other emerging adults.


Journal Article

To evaluate the effectiveness of Koru, a mindfulness training program for college students and other emerging adults.Ninety students (66% female, 62% white, 71% graduate students) participated between Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.Randomized controlled trial. It was hypothesized that Koru, compared with a wait-list control group, would reduce perceived stress and sleep problems, and increase mindfulness, self-compassion, and gratitude.As hypothesized, results showed significant Group (Koru, Wait-List)×Time (Pre, Post) interactions for improvements in perceived stress (F[1, 76.40]=4.50, p=.037, d=.45), sleep problems (F [1, 79.49]=4.71, p=.033, d=.52), mindfulness (F [1, 79.09]=26.80, p<.001, d=95), and self-compassion (F[1, 74.77]=18.08, p<.001, d=.75). All significant effects were replicated in the wait-list group. Significant correlations were observed among changes in perceived stress, sleep problems, mindfulness, and self-compassion.Results support the effectiveness of the Koru program for emerging adults in the university setting.

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Cited Authors

  • Greeson, JM; Juberg, MK; Maytan, M; James, K; Rogers, H

Published Date

  • January 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 62 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 222 - 233

PubMed ID

  • 24499130

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24499130

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-3208

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0744-8481

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07448481.2014.887571


  • eng