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WSU Access

Date of Award

January 2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Rita Casey

Abstract

Mindfulness is paying attention to relevant aspects of our human experience nonjudgmentally (Ludwig & Kabat-Zinn, 2008). Typically, effects of mindfulness are explored among children and their parents through intervention studies that aim to increase mindfulness. Parental Mindfulness has been linked to positive effects on youth psychosocial well-being (Bögels et al. 2008; Haydicky et al. 2015; Singh et al. 2007, 2010a, b; Weijer-Bergsma et al. 2012) as well as reduced negative outcomes for children (Anderson et al., 2015). Little has been done to look at effects of dispositional parental mindfulness, the parental mindfulness that occurs without any formal mindfulness training, and even less to look at effects of dispositional parental mindfulness on the outcome of urban children drawn from clinical populations. The current study examined the impact of dispositional parental mindfulness on emotional and behavioral outcomes of clinically referred urban children, to determine whether parental characteristics moderate the effects of stress on their offspring. The results did not support parental mindfulness as a mechanism for emotional and behavioral outcomes of clinically referred, urban children. Limitations and challenges in sample recruitment and construct measurement are discussed.

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