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Assignment 1: Exploration of a Professional Journal Article in Psychology Cory Palmer Strayer University Professor Christine Marino PSY 100 05 NOV 2013 Assignment 1: Exploration of a Professional Journal Article in Psychology Kearney, Mcdermott, Malte, Martinez, & Simpson (2012) conducted a study of the effects of participation in a mindfulness program for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. I believe that PTSD is a state of mind that an individual has or how the deal with a certain traumatic event that has taken place in their life. According to Santrock (2006), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological disorder that develops through exposure to a traumatic event, such as war; severely oppressive…show more content…
The article is written to inform the reader of the findings in research conducted in assistance to finding a cure or at least a treatment to reduce symptoms of PTSD. The results at the end of the 4-month study show that there is a change in mental HRQOL. At the 4-month follow-up, more veterans randomized to MBSR had clinically meaningful change in mental HRQOL, and in both mental HRQOL and PTSD symptoms (Kearney et al., 2012). It also shows large differences between the group with regular treatment and the group that received regular treatment plus MBSR in the improvements of depression, mental HRQOL, and mindfulness skills. These results were assembled from the questionnaires and treatments provided during the study. The MBSR for veterans with PTSD falls into the field of psychology do to the studies within the article that deal with the psychological state of the individuals involved, and it covers their overall mental state and mental HRQOL. Santrock (2006) outlines how this study also relates to the cognitive appraisal and in the chapters on coping and stress. The subject of coping covers the mental, the stress, the depression, and the emotional states of the person diagnosed with PTSD. In chapter 5 Santrock (2006) shares that coping is a way of managing the thoughts and flashbacks of the events in an effort to eliminate or reduce the stress caused by PTSD. In
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