Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

OBJECTIVES: Thought suppression is a strategy aimed at mental control that may paradoxically increase the frequency of unwanted thoughts. This preliminary study examined effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) on thought suppression and depression in individuals with past depression and suicidality. METHODS: In a randomized controlled trial design, 68 participants were allocated to an MBCT group or a treatment-as-usual waitlist control. Measures of thought suppression and depression were taken pre- and post-treatment. RESULTS: MBCT did not reduce thought suppression as measured by the White Bear Suppression Inventory, but significantly reduced self-reported attempts to suppress in the previous week. CONCLUSIONS: Preliminary evidence suggests that MBCT for suicidality may reduce thought suppression, but differential effects on thought suppression measures warrant further studies.

Original publication

DOI

10.1348/014466509X414970

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Clin Psychol

Publication Date

06/2009

Volume

48

Pages

209 - 215

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Awareness, Cognitive Therapy, Depressive Disorder, Female, Humans, Male, Meditation, Middle Aged, Personality Inventory, Psychotherapy, Group, Research Design, Secondary Prevention, Suicide, Treatment Outcome, Waiting Lists