Mindfulness-based stress reduction effects on moral reasoning and decision making

Shauna L. Shapiro, Hooria Jazaieri, Philip R Goldin

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Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) improves psychological functioning in multiple domains. However, to date, no studies have examined the effects of MBSR on moral reasoning and decision making. This single group design study examined the effect of MBSR on moral reasoning and ethical decision making, mindfulness, emotion, and well-being. Additionally, we investigated whether there was an association between the amount of meditation practice during MBSR and changes in moral reasoning and ethical decision making, emotions, mindfulness, and well-being. Results indicated that MBSR was associated with improvements in mindful attention, emotion and well-being. Further, amount of meditation practice was associated with greater improvement in mindful attention. Two-month follow-up results showed that, MBSR resulted in improvements in moral reasoning and ethical decision making, mindful attention, emotion, and well-being. This study provides preliminary evidence that MBSR may potentially facilitate moral reasoning and decision making in adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-515
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ethics
  • MBSR
  • mindfulness
  • moral decision making
  • moral reasoning
  • morality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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