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Abstract Title:

Association among dispositional mindfulness, self-compassion, and leukocyte telomere length in Chinese adults.

Abstract Source:

BMC Psychol. 2019 Jul 22 ;7(1):47. Epub 2019 Jul 22. PMID: 31331401

Abstract Author(s):

Shian-Ling Keng, Onn Siong Yim, Poh San Lai, Soo Hong Chew, Richard P Ebstein

Article Affiliation:

Shian-Ling Keng


BACKGROUND: Whereas meditation training has been purported to support slower cellular aging, little work has explored the association among different facets of dispositional mindfulness, self-compassion, and cellular aging. The present study aimed to examine the relationship between leukocyte telomere length (LTL), an index of cellular aging, dispositional mindfulness, and self-compassion in a sample of Singaporean Chinese adults.

METHODS: One hundred and fifty-eight Chinese adults (mean age = 27.24 years; 63.3% female) were recruited from the community and completed self-report measures assessing dispositional mindfulness, self-compassion, and psychological symptoms, as well as provided blood samples for analyses of LTL. Multiple regression analyses were conducted to examine therole of trait mindfulness and self-compassion in predicting LTL, taking into consideration potential covariates such as chronological age and psychological symptoms.

RESULTS: Results showed that nonreactivity, one of the five facets of dispositional mindfulness, was significantly associated with LTL, after controlling for chronological age. There was also a trend for dispositional mindfulness, self-compassion, and their selected facets (i.e., nonjudging, common humanity, and de-identification) to each be associated with longer LTL.

CONCLUSIONS: Overall, the findings provide preliminary support for the association among aspects of dispositional mindfulness, self-compassion, and aging. In particular, individuals high on nonreactivity experience slower aging at the cellular level, likely through engaging in more adaptive coping mechanisms.

Study Type : Human Study

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