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Mental resilience training modulates stress physiology of active duty marines preparing for deployment
  1. David S Black
  1. Correspondence to Professor David S Black, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 2001 N. Soto Street Suite 302D, Los Angeles, CA 90032-9239, USA; davidbla{at}usc.edu

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ABSTRACT FROM: Johnson DC, Thom NJ, Stanley EA, et al. Modifying resilience mechanisms in at-risk individuals: a controlled study of mindfulness training in marines preparing for deployment. Am J Psychiatry 2014;171:844–53.

What is already known on this topic

Standardised mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) offer a way of being and perceiving that facilitates personal insight and mental resilience in daily life. Scientific evidence indicates that MBIs attenuate a spectrum of stress-related mental and physical health ailments.1

Methods of the study

Johnson and colleagues report on an adapted MBI, mindfulness-based mind fitness training (MMFT), which uses mindfulness practices—based on attentional and sensorimotor activities—to increase interoceptive awareness, stress resilience, self-regulation and calculated decision-making. 281 marines undergoing predeployment training were randomly selected from a military base in Southern California and were then non-randomly assigned to MMFT or military training as usual. Assessments were administered at baseline, postintervention and at 1–2 weeks …

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