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Mindfulness

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 1115–1128 | Cite as

The Impact of Mindfulness on Supportive Communication Skills: Three Exploratory Studies

  • Susanne M. Jones
  • Wesley Hansen
ORIGINAL PAPER

Abstract

Supportive communication, which conveys care, empathy, and encouragement, plays a crucial role in how well people are able to cope with difficult emotions and aversive situations. But supportive communication can be conveyed more or less skilled. One possible mechanism that may link nonverbally and verbally conveyed emotional support and improved affective outcomes is mindfulness, conceived as enhanced nonreactive attention to and awareness of current internal and external stimuli. We present a theoretical model of mindful supportive communication and report the results of three exploratory studies that test the relationship between mindfulness and three factors that influence the supportive communication process, namely social skills, communicative coping, and reappraisals. Study 1 detected relationships between mindfulness facets and social skills. Studies 2 and 3 examine the impact of brief mindful interventions on social skills, communicative coping skills, and reappraisals.

Keywords

Comforting Emotional support Mindfulness Mindful coping Positive reappraisal Social support Supportive communication 

Notes

Human Subjects Approval

The three studies have been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the university which is affiliated with the first author. Participants for study 1 received a consent agreement page. Participants for studies 2 and 3 provided informed consent.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication StudiesUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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