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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 2/2016

04-02-2016 | ORIGINAL PAPER

Why Do People Practice Mindfulness? An Investigation into Reasons for Practicing Mindfulness Meditation

Auteurs: Christopher A. Pepping, Benjamin Walters, Penelope J. Davis, Analise O’Donovan

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 2/2016

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Abstract

Mindfulness meditation leads to a range of positive outcomes, yet little is known about the motivation behind choosing to practice meditation. This research investigated reasons for commencing and continuing mindfulness meditation. In both qualitative and quantitative analyses, the most frequently cited reason for commencing and continuing meditation practice was to alleviate emotional distress and enhance emotion regulation. A substantial proportion of participants also reported continuing meditation to enhance well-being, though very few commenced or continued meditation practice for spiritual or religious reasons. In brief, the overwhelming majority of participants in the present study reported practicing mindfulness to alleviate emotional distress. Further research is needed to examine reasons for meditation across more diverse samples, and whether reasons for meditation differentially predict outcome.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Why Do People Practice Mindfulness? An Investigation into Reasons for Practicing Mindfulness Meditation
Auteurs
Christopher A. Pepping
Benjamin Walters
Penelope J. Davis
Analise O’Donovan
Publicatiedatum
04-02-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 2/2016
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-016-0490-3