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Title: A PILOT STUDY OF A MINDFULNESS-BASED MOBILE APP ON CHILD SHELTER STAFF IN SINGAPORE.
Authors: NICHOLAS GOH KUN LIE
Keywords: Compassion Fatigue
Mindfulness
Mobile Health
Self-care
Issue Date: 4-Nov-2019
Citation: NICHOLAS GOH KUN LIE (2019-11-04). A PILOT STUDY OF A MINDFULNESS-BASED MOBILE APP ON CHILD SHELTER STAFF IN SINGAPORE.. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The present study explored the effects of "Smiling Mind", a Mindfulness-based Mobile Application (MBMA) delivering Mindfulness-based Intervention (MBI), on Compassion Fatigue, psychological wellbeing and stress in Child Shelter Staff. A randomized active control-group pretest-posttest design was used, and we recruited 29 child shelter staff working with children at a Singaporean facility for children removed from dysfunctional families. Measures of trait mindfulness, compassion fatigue, perceived stress, depressed/anxious mood and beliefs about work were administered before and after the completion of a 1-month MBMA program. Smiling Mind was found to reduce perceived stress and compassion fatigue. Unexpectedly, no significant increases in Trait Mindfulness were observed after MBMA administration. This was attributed to the low adherence rates in participants. A second qualitative phase was added to explore factors influencing MBMA adherence and gather participant feedback. 6 participants were engaged in focus groups. Participant responses revealed difficulties integrating MBMA use with daily schedules, preferences for in-person delivery, skepticism towards MBMAs, and a limited understanding of mindfulness. Findings are encouraging about the effects of MBMAs, and inform future research on ways to increase engagement in MBMA trials. Additionally, findings suggest improving work-life balance and implementing protected self-care time would encourage employees to practice self-care independently.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/157727
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