Mindfulness and Depression: The Mediating Role of Psychological Flexibility

Abstract

Objective: The aim of the current study was to examine the mediating role of psychological flexibility on the relationship between mindfulness and depression.
Method: The participants were 312 high school students in Thailand. The sampling method was multistage cluster sampling. Research instruments were Psychological Flexibility Scale for Adolescents (PFSA-Thai), Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D-Thai) and Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale (PHLMS-Thai). Data were analyzed using percentage, mean, standard deviation and path analysis.
Result: The findings suggested that the relationship between mindfulness and depression was fully mediated by psychological flexibility (relative χ2= 2.542, df = 1, p < .001, χ2/df = 2.542, CFI = 0.996, RMSEA = .071, SRMR = 0.016).
Conclusion: The findings support that depression can be alleviated by mindfulness through psychological flexibility. Psychologists and mental health professionals may utilize this framework to develop an intervention for depression reduction in high schools.



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Thanpitcha Sannarin, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Chaiyun Sakulsriprasert, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Conference: ACP2020
Stream: General Psychology

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