Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 501–510

Mindfulness and Coping with Dysphoric Mood: Contrasts with Rumination and Distraction

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Abstract

Past research has shown that rumination exacerbates dysphoric mood whereas distraction attenuates it. This research examined whether the practice of mindfulness meditation could reduce dysphoric mood even more effectively than distraction. A dysphoric mood was induced in 139 female and 38 male participants who were then randomly assigned to a rumination, distraction, or meditation condition. As predicted, participants instructed to meditate reported significantly lower levels of negative mood than those in either of the two other conditions. Distraction was associated with a lessening of dysphoric mood when compared to rumination but was not as effective as mindfulness meditation. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Key words

mindfulness rumination dysphoric mood distraction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Counseling and Educational PsychologyWest Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest Chester

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