The Impact of Mindfulness on Supportive Communication Skills: Three Exploratory Studies

Susanne M. Jones, Wesley Hansen

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Abstract

Supportive communication, which conveys care, empathy, and encouragement, plays a crucial role in how well people are able to cope with difficult emotions and aversive situations. But supportive communication can be conveyed more or less skilled. One possible mechanism that may link nonverbally and verbally conveyed emotional support and improved affective outcomes is mindfulness, conceived as enhanced nonreactive attention to and awareness of current internal and external stimuli. We present a theoretical model of mindful supportive communication and report the results of three exploratory studies that test the relationship between mindfulness and three factors that influence the supportive communication process, namely social skills, communicative coping, and reappraisals. Study 1 detected relationships between mindfulness facets and social skills. Studies 2 and 3 examine the impact of brief mindful interventions on social skills, communicative coping skills, and reappraisals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1115-1128
Number of pages14
JournalMindfulness
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 13 2015

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Keywords

  • Comforting
  • Emotional support
  • Mindful coping
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive reappraisal
  • Social support
  • Supportive communication

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  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Health(social science)

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The Impact of Mindfulness on Supportive Communication Skills : Three Exploratory Studies. / Jones, Susanne M.; Hansen, Wesley.

In: Mindfulness, Vol. 6, No. 5, 13.10.2015, p. 1115-1128.

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Jones, Susanne M.; Hansen, Wesley / The Impact of Mindfulness on Supportive Communication Skills : Three Exploratory Studies.

In: Mindfulness, Vol. 6, No. 5, 13.10.2015, p. 1115-1128.

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