Date of Award
Master of Arts - Psychology
Dr. Lora Jacobi
Dr. Sylvia Middlebrook
Dr. Catherine Pearte
Dr. Keith Hubbard
Previous research on mindful meditation (MM) has not sufficiently examined the efficacy of guided MM on perceived stress, role conflict, and other constructs using a cell phone mobile application. Stress and role conflict are experienced by a significant proportion of the public and have substantial negative consequences on mental and physical health (Lupien, McEwen, Gunnar, & Heir, 2009; Byron, 2005).Stress and role conflict can be lessened through mindful meditation (Spijkerman, Pots, & Bohlmeijer, 2016; Michel, Bosch, & Rexroth, 2014). The current research examined the effectiveness of guided mindful meditation compared to a music-listening control group on four stress-related variables: mindfulness, perceived stress, work-family-school conflict, and resilience. Contrary to expectation, both the mindful meditation group (n = 22) and music-listening group (n= 32) improved in mindfulness and perceived stress over time. Yet, the mindful meditation group did not improve significantly more than the music-listening group for any of the aforementioned dependent variables. There were no significant effects of mindful meditation or music listening on work-family-school conflict or resilience. Implications from these findings are discussed in light of their potential applications.
Kunz, James, "THE EFFECTS OF MINDFUL MEDITATION ON STRESS, RESILIENCE, AND WORK-FAMILY-SCHOOL CONFLICT" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 196.
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