A study carried out under the supervision of the Psychology Department of the University of Portsmouth included the following summary observations:
“When compared to the control group, these students were significantly higher on what we have called ‘mindfulness’, suggesting that the course does indeed increase conscious awareness, which is a stated aim of the programme.
An increase in the sense of control of thoughts and feelings suggests that the course helps students understand thoughts and feelings in a more productive manner. This effect was significant (and) the effect size and observed power large. Students feel more in control, instead of being restricted by negative emotions. This effect was linked to increased awareness and to an improved ability to make distinctions between events and subjective mental distortions of those events.
Respondents also reported a clearer perspective and a more conscious awareness of reality, allowing old behavioural patterns to be noticed and changed more effectively. In addition, positive improvements were found in relation to coping strategies. Task-orientated coping significantly increased, while avoidant coping significantly decreased. Comparative improvements of psychological wellbeing were also to be found.
The repeated measures follow-up illustrates how these effects continued to increase after completion, and post-course scores were above average when compared to the normative population sample. This suggests that the effects of the course are robust.
Since all these results were achieved over a single weekend (rather than through months of interventions) the course should be seen as being particularly effective and accessible in a time-pressured world.”
— Rachel King