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Acceptability of a wellbeing coaching intervention based on socio-cognitive mindfulness: A qualitative study of coaches’ views

Lookup NU author(s): Katie Crabtree, Dr Kate SwainstonORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by The British Psychological Society, 2023.

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Introduction: Socio-cognitive mindfulness has evidenced links to improvements in wellbeing and appears to be a suitable theory from which to develop a wellbeing coaching intervention. The purpose of this study is to explore coaches’ views and examine the perceived acceptability and feasibility of a wellbeing coaching intervention based on socio-cognitive mindfulness. Methods: A qualitative questionnaire and follow-up focus group examined coaches' views of the proposed intervention. Ten practising coaches were recruited for the questionnaire, of which five also participated in the focus group. The questionnaire summarised information about the proposed intervention and gathered coaches’ views on the acceptability and feasibility of the intervention. The responses related to the barriers and facilitators to implementing the intervention were discussed in-depth during the focus group. Results: The data collected from the coaches were thematically analysed and three core themes were developed: ‘clear contracting’, ‘impacts of group dynamics’, and ‘sustainability through autonomy and engagement’. The themes encompassed considerations and recommendations for ensuring intervention participants would be provided with clear expectations and a personalised, psychologically safe space to explore their wellbeing development. Conclusion: The findings suggest that there may be limitations to the proposed intervention due to the significant input required from participants and the challenges which may arise from a group coaching format. However, refining the intervention according to the coaches’ recommendations may enhance its acceptability by ensuring participants are well-informed, supported and motivated to commit to the programme.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Crabtree K, Swainston K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Coaching Psychology Review

Year: 2023

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 21-33

Online publication date: 28/07/2023

Acceptance date: 23/06/2023

Date deposited: 26/06/2023

ISSN (print): 1750-2764

ISSN (electronic): 396-8753

Publisher: The British Psychological Society


DOI: 10.53841/bpsicpr.2023.18.1.21

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/gsbf-ck94


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