The Role of Mindfulness in Daily Relationship Process: Examining Daily Conflicts and Relationship Mood

Masumi Iida, Alyson F. Shapiro

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Abstract

The current study examined the role of trait mindfulness in daily relationship mood and relationship processes in cohabiting couples. Forty-seven couples participated in 24-day online daily questionnaires. Mindfulness in men was associated with higher levels of feeling loved and feeling supported, and mindfulness in women was associated with lower levels of relationship anxiety and relationship sadness. Mindfulness moderated the association between relationship conflict and anxiety, such that men with more mindfulness experienced a larger decrease in feeling supported, and a bigger increase in relationship anxiety, on conflict days compared to non-conflict day levels. These findings overall suggest that trait mindfulness is indeed beneficial for positive relationship process on a day-to-day basis, but that associations are somewhat complex, and also that individual-level trait mindfulness alone may not be sufficient for buffering individuals from the negative impact of conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1559-1568
Number of pages10
JournalMindfulness
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

Keywords

  • Actor-partner interdependence model
  • Couple conflict
  • Daily diary studies
  • Mindfulness
  • Relationship mood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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