Efficaciousness of Mindfulness Interventions for Trauma Using Psychophysiological Measures: A Review

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Abstract

In recent decades the efficaciousness of mindfulness has been proven in a wide variety of contexts, but some crucial populations remain understudied. This review critically examines the literature on mindfulness in individuals with trauma using psychophysiological measures. Psychophysiological measures offer critical insight into this intersection of mindfulness and trauma due to the known somatic components in each, as well as serving as an objective response. Mindfulness-based treatments seem to show great promise in treating trauma, however there are significant limitations in the literature. Future studies should standardize the minimum length of treatment, utilize gender-balanced and ethnically diverse samples, and introduce psychophysiological measures such as heart rate variability.

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Sherief Eldeeb

Sherief Eldeeb

Sherief Eldeeb ‘18 is a Psychology major and Biology minor at Clark University. Sherief has research interests spanning the study of autism spectrum dis- orders, schizophrenia, and mood disorders transdiagnostically, as well as cultural expressions of mental health distress. After graduation in 2018, Sherief plans to expand on his research expertise with neuroimaging techniques before pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology.