Psychological effects of a 1-month meditation retreat on experienced meditators: the role of non-attachment
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Psychological effects of a 1-month meditation retreat on experienced meditators: the role of non-attachment

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dc.contributor.author Montero Marín, Jesús
dc.contributor.author Puebla Guedea, Marta
dc.contributor.author Herrera Mercadal, Paola
dc.contributor.author Cebolla i Martí, Ausiàs Josep
dc.contributor.author Soler, Joaquim
dc.contributor.author Demarzo, Marcelo
dc.contributor.author Vazquez, Carmelo
dc.contributor.author Rodríguez Bornaetxea, Fernando
dc.contributor.author García Campayo, Javier
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-16T06:27:40Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-16T06:27:40Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10550/56489
dc.description.abstract Background: There are few studies devoted to assessing the impact of meditation-intensive retreats on the well-being, positive psychology, and personality of experienced meditators. We aimed to assess whether a 1-month Vipassana retreat: (a) would increase mindfulness and well-being; (b) would increase prosocial personality traits; and (c) whether psychological changes would be mediated and/or moderated by non-attachment. Method: A controlled, non-randomized, pre-post-intervention trial was used. The intervention group was a convenience sample (n = 19) of experienced meditators who participated in a 1-month Vipassana meditation retreat. The control group (n = 19) comprised matched experienced meditators who did not take part in the retreat. During the retreat, the mean duration of daily practice was 8-9 h, the diet was vegetarian and silence was compulsory. The Experiences Questionnaire (EQ), Non-attachment Scale (NAS), Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), Temperament Character Inventory Revised (TCI-R-67), Five Facets Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ), Self-Other Four Immeasurables (SOFI) and the MINDSENS Composite Index were administered. ANCOVAs and linear regression models were used to assess pre-post changes and mediation/moderation effects. Results: Compared to controls, retreatants showed increases in non-attachment, observing, MINDSENS, positive-affect, balance-affect, and cooperativeness; and decreases in describing, negative-others, reward-dependence and self-directedness. Non-attachment had a mediating role in decentring, acting aware, non-reactivity, negative-affect, balance-affect and self-directedness; and a moderating role in describing and positive others, with both mediating and moderating effects on satisfaction with life. Conclusions: A 1-month Vipassana meditation retreat seems to yield improvements in mindfulness, well-being, and personality, even in experienced meditators. Non-attachment might facilitate psychological improvements of meditation, making it possible to overcome possible ceiling effects ascribed to non-intensive practices.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Frontiers In Psychology, 2016
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Montero Marin, Jesus; Puebla Guedea, Marta; Herrera Mercadal, Paola; Cebolla i Martí, Ausiàs Josep; Soler, Joaquim; Demarzo, Marcelo; Vazquez, Carmelo; Rodríguez Bornaetxea, Fernando; Javier García-Campayo (2016) Psychological effects of a 1-month meditation retreat on experienced meditators: the role of non-attachment Frontiers In Psychology
dc.subject Meditació
dc.title Psychological effects of a 1-month meditation retreat on experienced meditators: the role of non-attachment
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2016-12-16T06:27:40Z
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01935
dc.identifier.idgrec 114795

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