Short-term effects of an online mindfulness meditation intervention

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Abstract

The paper presents the results of a validation of an online intervention comprising a three-week course in mindfulness meditation with daily guided meditation sessions. The study used a randomised wait-list control group design with a pre-test and a post-test. Dependent variables included indicators of emotional and psychological well-being, reflective processes, self-control and self-regulation. Participants were anonymous volunteers recruited via social networks (N = 206; with N = 56 in the experimental group and N = 44 in the control group after dropout). The results indicate that taking part in a mindfulness meditation intervention is associated with higher emotional well-being, reduction of non-productive reflection (rumination), development of self-determination, self-motivation, self-relaxation, cognitive self-control and activity concentration skills. At the same time, participants who dropped out had different self-control and affective self-control scores at pre-test. The findings indicate that regular mindfulness meditation sessions as part of an online intervention develop self-regulation skills in individuals whose self-control is sufficiently high in order to adhere to a regular meditation schedule.

General Information

Keywords: mindfulness meditation, intervention test, self-regulation, self-control

Journal rubric: Psychology of States

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/exppsy.2020130104

Funding. This work was supported by Russian Science Foundation, project № 16-18-10439.

Acknowledgements. The authors are grateful to Alexander Turilin for technical support.

For citation: Osin E.N., Turilina I.I. Short-term effects of an online mindfulness meditation intervention. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2020. Vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 51–62. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2020130104. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Evgeny N. Osin, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Deputy Head of the International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3330-5647, e-mail: eosin@hse.ru

Irina I. Turilina, M.Sc. in Psychology, Graduate of the Department of Psychology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1742-709X, e-mail: bryankina.ir@yandex.ru

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