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ERIC Number: EJ976542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Mindfulness and Inhibitory Control in Early Adolescence
Oberle, Eva; Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly A.; Lawlor, Molly Stewart; Thomson, Kimberly C.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v32 n4 p565-588 Aug 2012
This study examined the relationship between the executive control process of inhibition and self-reported dispositional mindfulness, controlling for gender, grade, and cortisol levels in 99 (43% female) fourth- and fifth-graders ([X-bar] = 10.23 years, SD = 0.53). Students completed a measure of mindful attention awareness and a computerized executive function (EF) task assessing inhibitory control. Morning cortisol levels also were collected and were used as an indicator of neuroendocrine regulation. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that, after controlling for gender, grade, and cortisol levels, higher scores on the mindfulness attention awareness measure significantly predicted greater accuracy (% correct responses) on the inhibitory control task. This research contributes to understanding the predictors of EF skills in early adolescents' cognitive development. Specifically, it identifies mindfulness--a skill that can be fostered and trained in intervention programs to promote health and well-being--as significantly related to inhibitory processes in early adolescence. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
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Language: English
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