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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Stacey Wood

Reader 2

Lahnna Catalino

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Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has been applied in many contexts, and has been found to be a helpful therapeutic intervention for people dealing with both mental and physical struggles. In recent years, studies exploring the effects of using MBSR in the neurorehabilitation people with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have emerged. However, these studies are primarily pilot studies with very few participants. This proposed study will explore whether an adapted version of the MBSR program is effective in reducing apathy and improving motivation to recover in participants with mild TBIs (mTBIs). The proposed study will have 76 participants and will uses a pre-post design with a randomized control group. The experimental group will undergo a 10-week adapted MBSR program, while the control group receives treatment as usual. All participants will complete measures of apathy, motivation to recover, and post-concussive symptoms before and after the 10-week intervention. It is hypothesized that participants in the experimental group will show a greater reduction in apathy, increase in motivation to recover, and overall reduction in post-concussive symptoms than those in the control group. This would be an extremely beneficial finding, not only for the participants or people with mTBIs themselves, but also for their families, loved ones, and caregivers, as they are able to see their loved one improve and regain their pre-injury abilities.