Meditative insight: conceptual and measurement development

Ireland, Michael J. (2013) Meditative insight: conceptual and measurement development. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 16 (1). pp. 79-99. ISSN 1367-4676


Meditative insight is conceptualised as being at the core of change mechanisms in meditation and mindfulness. Although this construct is fundamental in traditional meditation theories, it has not yet received attention in scientific work. Drawing on traditional Buddhist formulations of meditation, this study outlines the development and psychometric analysis of a new instrument to assess meditative insight. Self-report data on positive and negative psychological functioning indicators were collected from a large (N = 881) heterogeneous cross-section of meditation practitioners. The findings support the reliability and validity of the new instrument and confirm that (1) meditative insight varies as a function of amount and type of meditation training, (2) mindfulness and insight are overlapping yet distinct constructs, (3) insight predicts psychological health and functioning, and (4) insight mediates the effect of mindfulness on psychological health.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 10:24
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 02:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: meditation, insight, mindfulness, psychological health, assessment
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2011.645225

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