A conceptual and methodological exploration of the cognitive processes associated with mindful parenting: reflections on translating theory to practice

Townshend, Kishani, and Caltabiano, Nerina (2019) A conceptual and methodological exploration of the cognitive processes associated with mindful parenting: reflections on translating theory to practice. In: Blair, Sampson L., and Costa, Rosaline P., (eds.) Transitions into Parenthood: examining the complexities of childrearing. Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, 15 . Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, UK, pp. 123-148.

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At the nexus of mindfulness and parenting lies the fusion of two influential yet contradictory epistemologies, the Eastern contemplative practices with the Western parenting research. Mindful parenting is a parenting style, which has grown in popularity in recent times to support parents during pregnancy, birth and beyond. The current study is the third stage of a mixed methods study on mindful parenting. The first stage of the study design conducted a systematic review of mindful parenting. The second stage summarized the change processes identified in the systematic review. The aim of this pilot study is to clarify four clinicians’ perceptions of cognitive change processes associated with mindful parenting, particularly how theory is translated to practice. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to analyze semi-structured interviews. The six higher-order change processes were conceptualized as an anchor. Cognitive processes included intention, attention, attitude, and reflective functioning. Given its methodological limitations, the next future work needs is to survey a large sample of both clinicians and parents to verify the model. This paper makes an important contribution to the development of a more comprehensive theoretical model of mindful parenting.

Item ID: 67805
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-83909-221-3
ISSN: 1530-3535
Keywords: Mindful parenting; cognitive change processes; Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis; reflective functioning; intentionality; attention regulation; compassion; attachment
Copyright Information: (C) Emerald
Date Deposited: 27 May 2021 04:18
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5202 Biological psychology > 520203 Cognitive neuroscience @ 30%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5202 Biological psychology > 520207 Social and affective neuroscience @ 30%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520501 Community psychology @ 40%
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