A prospective study examining the relationship between dispositional mindfulness and insomnia among male prisoners in Iran: the mediating effect of psychological distress and perceived stress

Poorebrahim, A., Lin, C.-Y., Imani, V., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Pakpour, A.H., 2020. A prospective study examining the relationship between dispositional mindfulness and insomnia among male prisoners in Iran: the mediating effect of psychological distress and perceived stress. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Given the high stress and unfriendly environment caused by imprisonment, prisoners are at risk of developing insomnia. It is important to understand potential intervention (in this case, mindfulness) in improving insomnia for this population. The present study investigated whether dispositional mindfulness can be beneficial in helping relieve insomnia among Iranian prisoners. It also investigated whether psychological distress and perceived stress are potential mediators. Male prisoners (N= 208) aged 39.08 years (SD =7.85) completed questionnaires and reported their demographic information and mind-fulness (at baseline); psychological distress and sleep quality (at 1 month after baseline assessment); sleep quality and insomnia (at 3 months after baseline assessment). The mediation models using 10,000 bootstrapping resamples showed that sleep quality and insomnia significantly improved when mindfulness increased. Moreover, psychological distress and stress partially mediated the aforementioned association between dispositional mindfulness and sleep quality/insomnia. Using mindfulness to improve sleep quality/insomnia may be a promising psychological intervention for prisoners.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Poorebrahim, A., Lin, C.-Y., Imani, V., Griffiths, M.D. and Pakpour, A.H.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 29 May 2020
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-020-00287-zDOI
1329557Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 08 Jun 2020 10:41
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2020 10:41
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39936

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