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Relating dispositional mindfulness and long-term mindfulness training with executive functioning, emotion regulation, and well-being in pre-adolescents

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posted on 2023-08-08, 13:58 authored by Lena Wimmer, Kate Isherwood, John Parkinson, Dusana Dorjee

The present study examined whether both dispositional mindfulness without mindfulness training and mindfulness resulting from longer-term mindfulness training are positively associated with pre-adolescents’ well-being, via enhanced executive functioning (EF) and emotion regulation. EF was assessed in a GoNoGo task via behavioral performance and event-related potentials. Study 1 (N = 62) investigated associations of dispositional mindfulness without mindfulness training with EF, well-being and emotion regulation; longitudinal Study 2 with an active control group compared the effects of long-term mindfulness training (N = 28) with a positive psychology intervention (N = 15). Dispositional mindfulness without training was associated with lower EF, unrelated to emotion regulation and the relationship with well-being was mixed. Long-term mindfulness training was positively related to EF and well-being (reduced negative affect), but was uncorrelated with emotion regulation and mindfulness scores. Taken together, long-term mindfulness training was found to have mixed effects. Further research is required in this area.





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Wimmer, L., Isherwood, K. R., Parkinson, J., & Dorjee, D. (2023) 'Relating Dispositional Mindfulness and Long-Term Mindfulness Training with Executive Functioning, Emotion Regulation, and Well-Being in Pre-adolescents', Psychological Studies, 1-20. doi: 10.1007/s12646-023-00746-2

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