Mindfulness and health behaviors: is paying attention good for you?
Journal of American college health : J of ACH
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2010
Pages: 165 - 173
Source ID: shanti-sources-82351
Collection: Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education
Abstract: OBJECTIVEthe investigators examined relations between mindfulness and health behaviors in college students, as well as the role of stress in mediating these effects. PARTICIPANTS participants were 553 undergraduates (385 females; mean age = 18.8 years, SD = 2.1) recruited from a university in the northeastern United States. METHODS participants completed questionnaires assessing mindfulness, perceived health, health behaviors, health-related activity restriction, and stress. Data were collected from September 2007 through December 2007. RESULTS overall perceived health and health-related activity restriction, as well as some health behaviors (eg, binge eating, sleep quality, and physical activity) were related to the Five-Factor Mindfulness Questionnaire and were partially mediated by stress. CONCLUSIONS these results suggest that mindfulness is related to decreased stress, which in turn contributes to increased positive health perceptions and health behaviors. The findings support the utility of mindfulness in promoting physical and psychological health in college students.