The effect of Finding true self meditation on mindfulness and psychological wellbeing of college students
Korean society for Wellness (KSW) 2017. Vol.12,
Lee, Insoo Department of Paramedic Science, Korea National University of Transportation, Chungju, Korea
Choi, Eunsook Department of Emergency Medical Service, Kongju National University, KongJu, Korea
Recently in Korea, an increased number of college students seemed to be in midst of self-identify confusion and social frustration. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of Finding true self meditation on mindfulness and psychological well-being of college students. During a second semester of 2015 academic year, a total of 72 sophomore college students majoring in paramedics, from two public universities of equitable size, were recruited (control group n=34; experimental group n=38). Any changes in mindfulness and psychological wellbeing scores were measured after attending a Finding true self meditation program. A total of 24 sessions were given three times a week for 8 weeks with each meditation session lasting about 50 minutes (totaling approximately 20 hours). IBM SPSS statistics 24.0 was used for ANCOVA data analysis to examine the effect of meditation. As a result of the study, it was confirmed that the Finding true self meditation program increased the level of mindfulness of paramedic college students but did not have statistically significant improvements in their psychological wellbeing.
In conclusion, utilization of this meditation program can be very valuable for college students whether given in diverse curricular or extra-curricular settings. Since colleges must go beyond simply enhancing knowledge, such meditation program can be helpful in providing practical assistance in gaining stability and establishing of appropriate inner values for college students.
Key words:Finding true self meditation, mindfulness, psychological well-being, college students