Meditative insight: Conceptual and measurement development

Ireland M.J. (2013) Meditative insight: Conceptual and measurement development. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 16 1: 79-99. doi:10.1080/13674676.2011.645225

Author Ireland M.J.
Title Meditative insight: Conceptual and measurement development
Journal name Mental Health, Religion and Culture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-4676
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13674676.2011.645225
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 79
End page 99
Total pages 21
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
3203 Clinical Psychology
Formatted abstract
Meditative insight is conceptualised as being at the core of change mechanisms in meditation and mindfulness. Although this construct is fundamental in traditional meditation theories, it has not yet received attention in scientific work. Drawing on traditional Buddhist formulations of meditation, this study outlines the development and psychometric analysis of a new instrument to assess meditative insight. Self-report data on positive and negative psychological functioning indicators were collected from a large (N = 881) heterogeneous cross-section of meditation practitioners. The findings support the reliability and validity of the new instrument and confirm that (1) meditative insight varies as a function of amount and type of meditation training, (2) mindfulness and insight are overlapping yet distinct constructs, (3) insight predicts psychological health and functioning, and (4) insight mediates the effect of mindfulness on psychological health.
Keyword assessment
psychological health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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