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29-06-2019 | REVIEW

Mindfulness and Caring in Professional Practice: an Interdisciplinary Review of Qualitative Research

Auteurs: Anthony A. DeMauro, Patricia A. Jennings, Timothy Cunningham, Dorrie Fontaine, Helen Park, Peter L. Sheras

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 10/2019

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Abstract

Objectives

Training in mindfulness has become increasingly popular for caring professionals, including teachers, nurses, psychotherapists, and social workers. Recent research indicates mindfulness is valuable for these individuals as a means of managing occupational stress and burnout and can also enhance the quality of interactions with students, patients, and clients. However, the empirical evidence is sparse explaining how this process occur, or the mechanisms through which mindfulness mitigates burnout and enhances professional practice. This review examines the qualitative research on mindfulness for caring professionals and synthesizes previous findings with Noddings’ theory of caring to show how mindfulness supports the various dimensions of professional caring practice.

Methods

The following systematic literature review employs a synthesis framework approach to develop a rich narrative of how mindfulness supports caring professionals, relying upon the participants’ own words and descriptions of day-to-day events in their work. The review highlights commonalities across the disciplines of teaching, nursing, psychotherapy, and social work to uncover the fundamental ways mindfulness can enhance the caring relation.

Results

Findings demonstrate how engagement with mindfulness supports caring professionals’ receptivity, motivation, and responsiveness to others through mechanisms of therapeutic presence, listening, non-judgment, compassion, self-care, emotional awareness, and emotion regulation.

Conclusions

Results highlight the unique ways caring professionals make sense of and apply mindfulness to their work, with particular attention to the interplay of intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions of the caring process. Results suggest that mindfulness cultivates certain skills that are especially relevant to the occupational demands of caring professionals.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Mindfulness and Caring in Professional Practice: an Interdisciplinary Review of Qualitative Research
Auteurs
Anthony A. DeMauro
Patricia A. Jennings
Timothy Cunningham
Dorrie Fontaine
Helen Park
Peter L. Sheras
Publicatiedatum
29-06-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 10/2019
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01186-8

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