ERIC Number: EJ918706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Smoking Cessation Program for an Adult with Mild Intellectual Disability
Singh, Nirbhay N.; Lancioni, Giulio E.; Winton, Alan S. W.; Singh, Ashvind N. A.; Singh, Judy; Singh, Angela D. A.
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v32 n3 p1180-1185 May-Jun 2011
Smoking is a major risk factor for a number of health conditions and many smokers find it difficult to quit smoking without specific interventions. We developed and used a mindfulness-based smoking cessation program with a 31-year-old man with mild intellectual disabilities who had been a smoker for 17 years. The mindfulness-based smoking cessation program consisted of three components: intention, mindful observation of thoughts, and "Meditation on the Soles of the Feet." A changing-criterion analysis showed that this man was able to fade his cigarette smoking from 12 at baseline to 0 within 3 months, and maintain this for a year. Follow-up data, collected every 3 months following the maintenance period, showed he was able to abstain from smoking for 3 years. Our study suggests that this mindfulness-based smoking cessation program merits further investigation.
Descriptors: Smoking, Mild Mental Retardation, Health Promotion, Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Males, Behavior Modification, Cognitive Processes
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