, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 261–274 | Cite as

Mindfulness as a Potential Means of Attenuating Anger and Aggression for Prospective Criminal Justice Professionals

  • Thomas M. Kelley
  • Eric G. Lambert
Original Paper


This study is the first to examine the potential role of mindfulness for attenuating anger and aggression in prospective criminal justice professionals. The Mindful Attention Awareness Scale, Aggression Questionnaire, Hostile Attribution Bias Scale, and Thought Recognition Inventory were administered to 272 undergraduate criminal justice majors. The results of a multivariate analysis of variance model indicated that dispositional mindfulness related negatively with self-reported aggression and hostile attribution bias and positively with thought recognition. A possible relationship between mindfulness and thought recognition may operate to influence other mechanisms to heighten mental health, as well as reduce anger and aggression. The potential benefits of mindfulness and thought recognition training for criminal justice professionals and prospective criminal justice professionals are discussed.


Mindfulness Aggressive behavior Criminal justice professionals Thought recognition Three principle psychology Health realization 


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  1. 1.Department of Criminal Justice, 3291 FABWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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