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Is mindfulness a noticeable quality? Development and validation of the observed mindfulness measure

Barlett, L ORCID: 0000-0003-0474-8107, Martin, AJ ORCID: 0000-0003-0109-1218, Bruno, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6673-833X, Kilpatrick, M ORCID: 0000-0001-6039-9154, Sanderson, Kristy ORCID: 0000-0002-3132-2745 and Neil, AL ORCID: 0000-0002-1344-6672 2021 , 'Is mindfulness a noticeable quality? Development and validation of the observed mindfulness measure' , Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, vol. 44, no. 1 , pp. 165-185 , doi:

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This paper presents the psychometric development of a new observer-report research questionnaire for assessing aspects of an individual’s mindfulness that are noticeable to others. Items from five established self-report mindfulness scales were re-worded for observer-report, and 30 were endorsed for potential inclusion by an expert panel (n = 5). Factor analytic and item response theory models were used to test item and scale psychometrics with data (N = 494) in three independent samples. A nine-item, three-factor scale with good fit indices was determined (RMSEA = 0.04, CFI = 0.99, TLI = 0.99). The instrument provides an overall score for observed mindful behaviours and subscale scores for observed attentiveness, awareness and acceptance. Within-subject test–retest reliability was strong (ICC 0.91) and agreement between observed mindful behaviours and self-reported mindfulness was adequate (ICC 0.45). Validity tests showed concordance between the new scale and self-reported mindfulness within the selected nomological network constructs (emotional intelligence, empathy and avoidant behaviours). Responsiveness was indicated but unconfirmed in data from a randomized controlled trial of low-dose mindfulness training. The Observed Mindfulness Measure (OMM) is a quantitative instrument that can provide an additional data source to strengthen self-reported findings in mindfulness research. With some further refinement this new instrument can advance research into whether and how mindfulness training might make a noticeable difference in social and organizational domains.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Barlett, L and Martin, AJ and Bruno, R and Kilpatrick, M and Sanderson, Kristy and Neil, AL
Keywords: mindfulness, social behaviour, measurement, psychometrics, observer-reports
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
ISSN: 0882-2689
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