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Wednesday, April 22 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Mindfulness, Childhood Trauma, and Quality of Life

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For decades research has been done on mindfulness and adverse childhood experiences. Research on adverse childhood experiences, beginning in the 1990s, done by Robert F. Anda and Vincent J. Felitti, studying adults in the medical community, has shown links between childhood trauma and medical and psychological outcomes such as poor lifestyle choices such as drinking, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, use of illicit drugs, promiscuity and suicide attempts. Decades worth of mindfulness research reveal correlations between high levels of trait and state mindfulness and resistance to various forms of psychopathology and physical illness. However, a minimal amount of research has been done indicating the effects of mindfulness on quality of life in those who have experienced various types of childhood trauma. This study uses an Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale (ACE) along with a Quality of Life Scale and Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) to study these effects. In this study we gathered data on the relationship between dispositional mindfulness and quality of life in populations that experienced childhood trauma. This data might help medical professionals assess whether or not mindfulness based treatment programs will be of use in assisting those in life who have been through childhood trauma.

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

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