Title

Measuring mindfulness in summer camp staff

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Experiential Education

Volume

34

Issue

1

Publisher

Sage Journals

Publication Date

7-1-2011

First Page

87

Last Page

95

DOI

10.1177/105382591103400107

Abstract

Examining mindfulness in a non-clinical and non-therapeutic setting such as a summer camp is an area of growing interest. Our study tested three mindfulness scales with staff in a summer camp setting, and we conducted preliminary reliability and validity analyses for any modifications needed in the scales. Results indicated two major findings: (a) the 5-item camp-Mindful Attention and Awareness Scale showed good reliability and evidence of convergent validity, and (b) the 9-item parent-based and the 6-item teacher-based scales were not reliable or applicable to this study. Analyses of the data shed light on the usefulness of employing mindfulness scales in a camp setting.

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