Facing the dreaded: does mindfulness facilitate coping with distressing experiences? A moderator analysis

Bergomi, Claudia; Ströhle, Gunnar; Michalak, Johannes; Funke, Friedrich; Berking, Matthias (2013). Facing the dreaded: does mindfulness facilitate coping with distressing experiences? A moderator analysis. Cognitive behaviour therapy, 42(1), pp. 21-30. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 10.1080/16506073.2012.713391

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Increasing evidence shows that mindfulness is positively related to mental health; however, the nature of this relationship is not fully understood. The current study used structural equation modeling to investigate the hypothesis that mindfulness moderates the association between the occurrence of unavoidable distressing experiences (UDE) and mental health. Participants from a community sample (N = 376) completed the Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory, the Positive and Negative Affect Scale, the Brief Symptom Inventory, the Inventory of Approach and Avoidance Motivation, and the Incongruence Scale. Results indicated that mindfulness moderated the association between unavoidable distressing events and psychopathological symptoms/negative affect. Thus, mindfulness may contribute to enhance the ability to cope with UDE and thus mitigate the detrimental effects of these experiences on mental health.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Psychotherapy

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Bergomi, Claudia




Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group




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04 Oct 2013 14:39

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08 Jul 2014 11:50

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/15804 (FactScience: 223258)

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