Mindfulness and experiental avoidance in fibromyalgia patients

Henke, Christina Kim Laura (2011) Mindfulness and experiental avoidance in fibromyalgia patients.

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Abstract:Objective: Previous research has presented mindfulness- based therapies as a promising approach in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The purpose of this study was to examine the convergent validity of the Dutch version of the Five Facets Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) in fibromyalgia patients. The FFMQ assesses mindfulness via the five facets observe, describe, act aware, nonjudging and nonreacting to inner experience. Methods: 119 patients with a self- reported diagnosis of fibromyalgia were recruited via the website of the fibromyalgia patient association. Mindfulness was assessed online using the FFMQ as well as experiential avoidance (EA) using the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ). Pearson correlations between the mindfulness subscales and EA were conducted. The mindfulness facets describe and act aware were expected to be moderately negative correlated to EA. A strong correlation with nonjudging and nonreacting to inner experience was anticipated. The observe scale was estimated to be positively or nonsignificantly correlated to EA. Results: All correlations are in the expected direction and strength except for the nonreacting which is only moderately related to EA. Conclusion: Findings support adequate convergent validity of the Dutch version of the FFMQ in fibromyalgia patients.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/59874
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