6. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

  1. James D. Herbert and
  2. Evan M. Forman
  1. Paul G. Salmon,
  2. Sandra E. Sephton and
  3. Samuel J. Dreeben

Published Online: 16 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118001851.ch6

Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Understanding and Applying the New Therapies

Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Understanding and Applying the New Therapies

How to Cite

Salmon, P. G., Sephton, S. E. and Dreeben, S. J. (2011) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, in Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Understanding and Applying the New Therapies (eds J. D. Herbert and E. M. Forman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118001851.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470474419

Online ISBN: 9781118001851

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Keywords:

  • mindfulness-based stress reduction;
  • mindfulness;
  • meditation;
  • Hatha Yoga;
  • body scan;
  • transactional model of stress;
  • stress response;
  • immune response

Summary

This chapter summarizes the history and key features of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a time-limited, group-based behavioral medicine intervention that predated and influenced contemporary applications of mindfulness in cognitive behavior therapy. A description of the structure and curriculum of MBSR focuses on the body scan, Hatha Yoga, sitting meditation, and cognitively oriented mindfulness and awareness practices. Consideration of program elements is accompanied by a discussion of key conceptual issues, including the nature of change, metacognitive awareness, psychopathology, and possible mechanisms of change. A model of change processes based on the transactional model of stress is proposed as a means of guiding future MBSR clinical research.