Mindfulness Training as a Clinical Intervention: A Conceptual and Empirical Review
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 10, Issue 2, pages 125–143, June 2003
How to Cite
Baer, R. A. (2003), Mindfulness Training as a Clinical Intervention: A Conceptual and Empirical Review. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 10: 125–143. doi: 10.1093/clipsy.bpg015
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Received August 27, 2001; revised January 15, 2002; accepted August 27, 2002.
- treatment outcome
Interventions based on training in mindfulness skills are becoming increasingly popular. Mindfulness involves intentionally bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, and is often taught through a variety of meditation exercises. This review summarizes conceptual approaches to mind-fulness and empirical research on the utility of mindfulness-based interventions. Meta-analytic techniques were incorporated to facilitate quantification of findings and comparison across studies. Although the current empirical literature includes many methodological flaws, findings suggest that mindfulness-based interventions may be helpful in the treatment of several disorders. Methodologically sound investigations are recommended in order to clarify the utility of these interventions.