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Differential Effects of Meditation on Relationship Quality


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Abstract (summary)

Relationships are one of the most crucial parts of life and a highly studied subject in psychology. Yet psychologists still have difficulty explaining how to help people gain and maintain close, positive relationships. The present study aims to investigate whether an existing intrapersonal health strategy, meditation, can also help interpersonal health. Specifically, psychological and neurobiological evidence suggests that compassion mediation in particular may be particularly relevant to close relationships. Based on evidence suggesting that compassion – the desire to free others from suffering – is strongly related to relationship quality, it is hypothesized that the cultivation of compassion through meditation will enhance self-reported relationship quality. Furthermore, it is hypothesized that interpersonal (i.e., compassion, empathy, and forgiveness) and intrapersonal (i.e., emotion regulation and coping) variables will mediate the relationship between compassion meditation and relationship quality.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social psychology;
Clinical psychology
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0622: Clinical psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Compassion meditation; Meditation; Mindfulness; Relationship quality
Title
Differential Effects of Meditation on Relationship Quality
Author
Kleinman, Brighid Malloy
Number of pages
81
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0665
Source
DAI-B 72/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124377957
Advisor
Duke, Marshall P.; Raison, Charles
University/institution
Emory University
University location
United States -- Georgia
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3436661
ProQuest document ID
821454644
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/821454644
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