Safety and harm –after mindfulness-based courses

This measure was developed by Ruth Baer, at the University of Oxford Mindfulness Research Centre, to assess unpleasant experiences and harm.

Unpleasant experiences

There has been a lot of research into the benefits of mindfulness courses but almost none on any negative experiences people may have. These set of questions ask about unpleasant or negative effects that people may have experienced. Your responses to these questions will be a great help to us in understanding the complete range of effects of mindfulness courses.
The practice of mindfulness involves becoming aware of the full range of our experience, pleasant, unpleasant and neutral. This can be challenging, as it sometimes puts us in touch with difficult thoughts and feelings. Learning to manage these thoughts and feelings is part of the mindfulness course and takes time. While it is going on, people doing a mindfulness course can experience unpleasant thoughts, feelings and sensations such as agitation, sleepiness, upset, uncertainty, etc.
How often did the mindfulness course lead to you having experiences like the ones described above? *
How upsetting were these experiences? *


The next questions ask about whether you think that doing the mindfulness course caused you any harm? By harm, we mean: were you worse off in any way, after the course, than you would have been if you hadn't done the course?
How harmful was the course to you? *
Who did you approach?
Did you receive adequate support in managing the difficulties you were experiencing? Please choose the number that best describes your experience: *
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