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Neuroticism as a Risk Factor for Behavioral Dysregulation: A Mindfulness-Mediation Perspective

Fetterman, Adam K and Robinson, Michael D and Ode, Scott and Gordon, Kathryn H (2010) 'Neuroticism as a Risk Factor for Behavioral Dysregulation: A Mindfulness-Mediation Perspective.' Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29 (3). pp. 301-321. ISSN 0736-7236

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Abstract

Neuroticism is an individual difference variable reflecting proneness to negative emotional experiences. High levels of neuroticism are often associated with impulsivity and behavioral dysregulation. Three studies, involving a total of 226 undergraduate participants, were conducted in an effort to better understand the relationship between neuroticism and behavioral dysregulation. Based on relevant theory, it was hypothesized that relations between neuroticism and behavioral dysregulation would be mediated by individual differences in mindfulness. As hypothesized, neuroticism was an inverse predictor of mindfulness and higher levels of mindfulness were associated with (a) lower levels of impulsivity and (b) higher levels of self-control, both assessed in dispositional terms. Furthermore, mindfulness fully mediated the relations between neuroticism and these outcome variables. On the basis of the findings, then, a mindfulness-mediation perspective of neuroticism's behavioral correlates was supported. Implications focus on personality-process perspectives of neuroticism, clinical considerations, and the role of mindfulness in behavioral self-regulation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2015 11:25
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 11:25
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15665

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