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03-08-2020 | ORIGINAL PAPER

A Metasynthesis of Qualitative Studies on Mindfulness, Sexuality, and Relationality

Auteurs: Éliane Dussault, Mylène Fernet, Natacha Godbout

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 12/2020

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Abstract

Objectives

A substantive body of quantitative literature found links between mindfulness interventions or dispositional mindfulness and increased relationality and/or sexuality. However, there needs to be a better understanding of the contexts in which the links between mindfulness and relationality/sexuality may occur, which qualitative studies may provide.

Method

A metasynthesis of qualitative studies aims to reinterpret the results of qualitative studies in one field of research. Therefore, we produced a metasynthesis of 8 peer-reviewed, published articles exploring the impacts of mindfulness practices and interventions on relationality/sexuality to produce new insights on this burgeoning field of research.

Results

The increase of mindfulness is experienced through the development of two main traits that are related to sexuality and relationality, namely, accepting oneself and others as they are, as well as paying attention in the present moment, which leads to awareness and a new approach on life. Then, practicing mindfulness allows benefits marked by a surging connectedness with others and contentment with one’s life and self. Finally, limits of mindfulness practices and interventions marked by restraining conditions of life are found, such as the hardships of pursuing the practice of mindfulness, initial sexual/relational difficulties that require patience, and an insufficient connectedness with significant others that hinders progress.

Conclusion

Mindfulness-based practices and interventions are a helpful technique to reduce sexual/relational difficulties and enhance one’s quality of life in these realms but should not be considered and approached as a panacea to such difficulties.
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Metagegevens
Titel
A Metasynthesis of Qualitative Studies on Mindfulness, Sexuality, and Relationality
Auteurs
Éliane Dussault
Mylène Fernet
Natacha Godbout
Publicatiedatum
03-08-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 12/2020
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01463-x

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