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Wednesday, April 22 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Mindfulness, Discrimination and Health

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This research investigates whether mindfulness, or contemplative awareness of one’s surroundings, may moderate the effects of sexism on health outcomes, specifically depression. Much research already suggests that individuals who report more experience with discrimination also tend to report more negative health outcomes (Pascoe & Smart Richman, 2009). Mindfulness skills, however, have been shown to have mitigating effects on the negative outcomes associated with many experiences that are typically harmful (Weger et al., 2011) and may be related to experiencing fewer depressive symptoms (Desrosiers et al., 2014). Additionally, trait mindfulness has the capacity to moderate the relationship between perceiving discrimination and developing depressive symptoms (Richman et al., 2014). This research aims at investigating how the buffering effects of mindfulness change when experiencing aspects of ambivalent sexism. Glick and Fiske (1996; 2001) posit that sexism consists of both negative beliefs and positive, yet still stereotypical, beliefs about women. Hostile sexism is a blatantly negative and rigidly traditional view of gender relations. Benevolent sexism is a subtle reinforcement of feminine stereotypes, which often has positive undertones that cause it to be endorsed, accepted, or go unrecognized. We hypothesize that higher degrees of mindfulness and experiences with ambivalent sexism will interact in predicting lower depressive symptoms.

Wednesday April 22, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Wilma Sherril Center Concourse

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