An examination of the factor structure of the effects of meditation scale

Skipper, Tara and O'Donovan, Analise and Conlon, Elizabeth and Clough, Bonnie (2015) An examination of the factor structure of the effects of meditation scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 86. pp. 57-62. ISSN 0191-8869


We examined the reliability and validity of the Effects of Meditation (EOM) scale (Reavley and Pallant, 2009)
which measures Experiences During Meditation (EOM-DM) and the Effects of Meditation in Everyday Life
(EOM-EL). Adult meditators (N = 254) completed questionnaires on the effects of meditation, compassion
towards self and others, flow, satisfaction with life, and psychological distress. Confirmatory factor analysis
was used to assess the factor structure and reliability of the EOM scales. A shortened 18-item version of the
EOM-DM scale replicated the five-factor structure of the original 29-item scale. The seven-factor structure of
the EOM-ELwas not confirmed, with data revealing a single-factor scale. Validity of the scaleswas demonstrated
by showing that individuals reporting greater cognitive, mystical and fewer negative emotions during meditation reported greater self-compassion, flow and less psychological distress and more benefits from meditation in
everyday life than individuals less engaged during meditation.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2017 06:54
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 06:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: meditation, effects of meditation scale, mindfulness, flow, self compassion
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520399 Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
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