Title: Mindfulness skills and interpersonal behaviour
Authors: Dekeyser, Mathias ×
Raes, Filip
Leijssen, Mia
Leysen, Sara
Dewulf, David #
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Publisher: Pergamon-elsevier science ltd
Series Title: Personality and Individual Differences vol:44 issue:5 pages:1235-1245
Abstract: We discuss the multidimensional nature of mindfulness and its relation to interpersonal feelings and performance. We examined the factor structure and Internal reliability of a self-report measure of mindfulness, the Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills (KIMS; Baer, Smith, & Allen, 2004), in Dutch speaking Psychology students (n = 113) and parents (n = 246). We replicated the four factors proposed by Baer et al. (2004): Observe, Describe, Act With Awareness and Accept Without Judgement. The Dutch KIMS and all elements of mindfulness appeared invariant across samples. All elements of mindfulness were positively associated with expressing oneself in various social situations. A greater tendency for mindful observation was associated with more engagement in empathy. Mindful description, acting with awareness, and non-judgemental acceptance were associated with better identification and description of feelings, more body satisfaction, less social anxiety, and less distress contagion. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0191-8869
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology
Clinical Psychology
Research Group on Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic psychology (-)
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