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Mediational pathways of meditation and exercise on mental health and perceived stress: A randomized controlled trial.

Authors
  • Goldstein, Ellen1
  • Topitzes, James2
  • Brown, Roger L1
  • Barrett, Bruce1
  • 1 University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
  • 2 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2020
Volume
25
Issue
12
Pages
1816–1830
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105318772608
PMID: 29733230
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study investigated the effects of mindfulness and exercise training on indicators of mental health and stress by examining shared mediators of program effects. Community-recruited adults (N = 413) were randomized into one of three conditions: (a) mindfulness-based stress reduction, (b) moderate intensity exercise, or (c) wait-list control. Composite indicator structural equation models estimated direct, indirect, and total effects. Results showed that mindfulness-based self-efficacy fulfilled a prominent role in mediating meditation and exercise program effects. Findings suggest that mindfulness and exercise training share similar mechanisms that can improve global mental health, including adaptive responses to stress.

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