Attachment security and mother-child relationships serve a critical role in human development. Several studies have demonstrated an association between the salutary effects of security-based attachment strategies and mindfulness. This descriptive research study explores this relationship through semi-structured interviews, the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) and the Experiences in Close Relationships (ECR) Scale. Five recently homeless mothers were offered eight mindfulness training sessions. Interviews were interpreted using the Listening Guide, a qualitative, feminist, relational, voice-centered method of analysis to describe the perceived effects of mindfulness practices on the qualia of mindfulness, attachment-related strategies, and the nature of mother-child relationships. Mothers report increased mindfulness, reduced stress, improved parenting experiences, and mutually fulfilling relationships with their children.
University of Minnesota Ed.D. dissertation. April 2013. Major: Teaching and Learning. Advisor: Frank Guldbrandsen, Ph.D., 1 computer file (PDF); vii, 207 pages, appendices A-C.
The voices of mindfulness, attachment-related strategies and the mother-child relationship.
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