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Journal Article

Citation

Geronimi EMC, Arellano B, Woodruff-Borden J. Clin. Child Psychol. Psychiatry 2019; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Affiliation

2 Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/1359104519833737

PMID

30852914

Abstract

Despite the important role of cognitions in mindful awareness, research on the cognitive processes underlying mindfulness in young populations is scarce. This study explores the association between the core executive functions (i.e. inhibition, working memory, and shifting) and mindfulness within the same model in a sample of children. Seventy-two parent-child dyads participated in the study. Difficulties with executive functioning and child mindfulness level were assessed. Inhibition, working memory, and shifting were significantly correlated with mindfulness. Furthermore, moderate to good fit was found in a model testing the association between mindfulness and the latent executive function variable composed by the three executive functions, and individual executive functions demonstrated significant loadings in relation to the latent variable. In a model relating mindfulness to each individual executive function, mindfulness was uniquely associated with inhibition, working memory, and shifting. The application of current theoretical models of mindfulness to child populations and clinical implications are discussed.


Language: en

Keywords

Mindfulness; children; executive function; inhibition; shift; working memory

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