Mindfulness and coping with stress: Do levels of perceived stress matter?

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Donald, James N. and Atkins, Paul William Bamkin 2016. Mindfulness and coping with stress: Do levels of perceived stress matter? Mindfulness. 7 (6), pp. 1423 - 1436. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-016-0584-y
AuthorsDonald, James N. and Atkins, Paul William Bamkin
Abstract

Few studies have explored whether mindfulness facilitates more adaptive coping with stress, and the evidence for this is mixed. It may be that mindfulness influences coping responses only among relatively stressed individuals, but this has not been tested. Two randomized controlled experiments (Study 1, N = 204; Study 2, N = 202) tested whether a brief mindfulness induction enhances coping among adults and whether perceived stress moderates these effects. In Study 1, we found that a mindfulness induction produced less self-reported avoidance coping but only among relatively stressed individuals. In Study 2, a mindful acceptance induction produced more approach and less avoidance coping than relaxation and self-affirmation controls, and these effects were strongest among individuals reporting high levels of perceived stress. These findings suggest that perceived stress is an important moderator of the influence of mindfulness upon coping responses.

Keywordsmindfulness; perceived stress; approach coping; avoidance coping; acceptance; randomized controlled trial
Year2016
JournalMindfulness
Journal citation7 (6), pp. 1423 - 1436
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
ISSN1868-8527
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-016-0584-y
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84994745753
Page range1423 - 1436
Research GroupInstitute for Positive Psychology and Education
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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