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

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Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of Koru, a mindfulness training program for college students and other emerging adults. Participants: Ninety students (66% female, 62% white, 71% graduate students) participated between Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. Methods: 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. Results: 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. Conclusions: Results support the effectiveness of the Koru program for emerging adults in the university setting. Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Cited Authors

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

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 62 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 222 - 233

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-3208

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0744-8481

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07448481.2014.891595

Citation Source

  • Scopus