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Mindfulness: How aware are you?

Student Amelia Dodson ‘14
Faculty Mentor(s) Dr. Taryn Myers
Department Psychology
Course Psychology 333: Assessment of Individuals

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to establish an appropriate measure to evaluate an individual’s mindfulness. I used both my own questionnaire (the Virginia Wesleyan Day-to-Day Experiences Questionnaire) consisting of 8 statements on a 6-point Likert scale and the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire consisting of 39 statements on a 5-point Likert scale, which measures 5 different factors that appear to represent elements of mindfulness. The Virginia Wesleyan Day-to-Day Experiences Questionnaire proved to be reliable, and its validity is promising with several significant numbers. Similar to other research, even though this is still a young area of study, participants’ overall level of mindfulness was high. On the newly created measure, the subscale 1 had a relatively high alpha of (r= .634, p< .01). There was a significant correlation between the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire subscale: Observe and subscale 1 of the Virginia Wesleyan College Day-to-Day Experiences of (r= .617, p< .01). There was also a significant correlation between the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire subscale: Non-judge and the subscale: Awareness (r=.454, p< .01). The Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire Total and subscale: Non-judge was also significant (r=.761, p< .01). There was no significant relationship between participant variables, including gender or ethnicity. Based on the data, the survey on mindfulness is a good starting point, and with further research it may prove to be highly valid, reliable, and relevant measure for the study of mindfulness.

 

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