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Holistic Nursing Practice:
doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000017
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Psychological Mechanisms of Mindfulness-Based Interventions: What Do We Know?

Chiesa, Alberto MD; Anselmi, Roberta PsyD; Serretti, Alessandro MD, PhD

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Abstract

Little is known about the psychological mechanisms underlying the clinical benefits of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs). In the present review, we suggest that mindfulness-based interventions may enhance positive emotional regulation strategies, as well as self-compassion levels, and decrease rumination and experiential avoidance. These changes are, in turn, associated with several clinical benefits including the reduction of stress and depression levels, as well as the enhancement of positive emotions. Limitations and potential applications of these findings are discussed.

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