Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Personality and Individual Differences

Volume

113

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication Date

7-15-2017

First Page

20

Last Page

23

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.02.064

Abstract

Past studies indicate that the awareness and acceptance facets of trait mindfulness both independently predict relationship satisfaction. However, this study hypothesized that the combination of awareness and acceptance might be a stronger contributor to relationship functioning than either in isolation. Regression analyses were used to test whether mindful awareness and acceptance interact in predicting couples satisfaction in a sample of dating or married college students (n = 138). Acceptance was positively associated with couples satisfaction, while awareness was unrelated. These two mindfulness facets interacted such that greater awareness was related to poorer satisfaction when acceptance was low, but was unrelated when acceptance was high. Conversely, greater acceptance was only related to greater satisfaction when awareness was moderate or high. These results suggest the combination of high awareness and low acceptance can be problematic for relationships, while at least moderate mindful awareness is needed for acceptance to be beneficial.

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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886917301538

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