Responding mindfully to unpleasant thoughts and images:reliability and validity of the Southampton mindfulness questionnaire (SMQ)

Chadwick, Paul and Hember, Martin and Symes, Janette and Peters, Emmanuelle and Kuipers, Elizabeth and Dagnan, Dave (2008) Responding mindfully to unpleasant thoughts and images:reliability and validity of the Southampton mindfulness questionnaire (SMQ). British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 47. pp. 451-455. ISSN 0144-6657

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Abstract

Objective. To assess the reliability and validity of the Southampton mindfulness questionnaire (SMQ), a 16-item measure of mindful awareness of distressing thoughts and images. Methods. A total of 256 people participated, comprising a non-clinical community sample of 134 (83 meditators and 51 non-meditators) and a clinical sample of 122 people with a current distressing psychosis. To assess concurrent validity, non-clinical participants and half clinical participants (total 197 participants) completed the mindful attention awareness scale (MAAS). Predicted links were assessed with affect, and 59 patients completed a validated measure to assess link between mindfulness and intensity of 'delusional' experience. Results. The scale has a single factor structure, was internally reliable, significantly correlated with the MAAS, showed expected associations with affect, and distinguished among meditators, non-meditators and people with psychosis. Conclusions. The data support use of the SMQ in clinical practice and research to assess mindful responding to distressing thoughts and images.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Clinical Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3203
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 83035
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 Nov 2016 09:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2020 03:48
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/83035

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