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Barriers to practice: assessing impediments to mindfulness meditation

1 January 2016


Mindfulness meditation has been adapted for various clinical uses around the world, and Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) have shown efficacy for substance use, depression, couples counseling, stress reduction in addition to numerous other applications. A trending emphasis in current MBI literature is clients’ enactment of mindfulness meditation practice, both between sessions and after interventions, and many researchers have identified the importance of formal practice in mindfulness intervention manuals. Given the putative importance of clients’ enactment of practice to clinical outcomes, relatively little emphasis has been directed to the factors that promote or prevent this practice on an individual level.

The current study comprised the first phases of developing a measure to assess barriers to mindfulness meditation practice in a sample spanning a range of meditation experience. The data from the initial phases of this study suggest that years of mindfulness meditation practice relates to several practice- and barrier-related variables. In addition, these data also suggest that marital and employment status may best predict barriers related to doubt and avoidance. More specifically, this may indicate that there are further variables related to employment and marriage which affect a meditator’s barriers to practice. The preliminary results of this study suggest initial feasibility for the development of this measure supporting the foundation of the construct and primary themes.


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