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Effects of mindfulness on psychological health

Shian-Ling Kenga - Moria J. Smoskib - Clive J. Robins

Book Edition: 2011

Within the past few decades, there has been a surge of interest in the investigation of mindfulness as a psychological construct and as a form of clinical intervention. This article reviews the empirical literature on the effects of mindfulness on psychological health. We begin with a discussion of the construct of mindfulness, differences between Buddhist and Western psychological conceptualizations of mindfulness, and how mindfulness has been integrated into Western medicine and psychology, before reviewing three areas of empirical research: cross-sectional, correlational research on the associations between mindfulness and various indicators of psychological health; intervention research on the effects of mindfulness-oriented interventions on psychological health; and laboratory-based, experimental research on the immediate effects of mindfulness inductions on emotional and behavioral functioning. We conclude that mindfulness brings about various positive psychological effects, including increased subjective well-being, reduced psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, and improved behavioral regulation. (From Author)

eBook Contents

Correlational research on mindfulness and psychological health - Controlled studies of mindfulness-oriented interventions - Laboratory research on immediate effects of mindfulness interventions- Mechanisms of effects of mindfulness interventions - Areas in need of further research - Conclusion

eBook License: Copyright from Elsevier - Clinical Psychology Review

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