Mindfulness Training as a Clinical Intervention: A Conceptual and Empirical Review
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2003
Source ID: shanti-sources-22395
Zotero Collections: Contemplation by Applied Subject, Health Care and Contemplation, Neuroscience and Contemplation, Psychology and Contemplation, Science and Contemplation
Abstract: Interventions based on training in mindfulness skills are becoming increasingly popular. Mindfulness involves intentionally bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, and is often taught through a variety of meditation exercises. This review summarizes conceptual approaches to mind-fulness and empirical research on the utility of mindfulness-based interventions. Meta-analytic techniques were incorporated to facilitate quantification of findings and comparison across studies. Although the current empirical literature includes many methodological flaws, findings suggest that mindfulness-based interventions may be helpful in the treatment of several disorders. Methodologically sound investigations are recommended in order to clarify the utility of these interventions.