A Phenomenological Exploration of Challenges Faced by Nicotine Dependent Working Women Undergoing Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

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Dr. Anita Mary Vadivale, Dr. Anuradha Sathiyaseelan



 The objective of the study was to understand the challenges faced by nicotine-dependent working women who were undergoing mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) for smoking relapse prevention.


In this qualitative study, recruitment, and screening of participants were done to meet inclusion criteria. The final sample consisted of eight working women who underwent eight weeks of MBRP. Interviews were conducted post-intervention, and challenges captured. Thematic analysis was conducted to analyze data.


The themes that emerged as challenges within the session were transitioning through the program, challenges in the practice of mindfulness, and homework. Challenges outside the session included identifying, and coping with triggers, and cravings, and being mindful through them.


Though MBRP has seen benefits its does not come without challenges. These challenges can be overcome if practitioners address such within their sessions with the clients. These findings give scope for greater research in the area to showcase the best possible results in the space of smoking relapse prevention.

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