Date of Award

Spring 2020


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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS) in Psychology: General/Experimental




This study investigated the effectiveness and adherence rate of the mindful check-in compared to a traditional mindfulness exercise. This study compared the effects of a traditional mindful breathing exercise and a no-treatment control condition to the mindful check-in on measures of mindfulness, psychological flexibility, affect, compassion, and adherence to the proposed practice schedule. Statistical analyses showed that the mindful check-in reduced negative affect compared to the other two conditions, increased mindful ability on one of the two measures of mindfulness, had a marginally-significant increase in psychological flexibility, and reduced fear of receiving compassion from others and giving compassion to yourself. The mindful breathing exercise did not show any significant differences on any measures compared to the control condition. There was also no difference in adherence to the proposed schedule between the two mindfulness conditions. I propose that a possible reason for the effectiveness of the mindful check-in compared to the mindful breathing is due to its increased ease of learning, and lack of difference in adherence is due to the similar framing of both mindfulness exercises in this study for fear of biasing participants.