This talk will summarise recent developments in the assessment of mindfulness as a psychological variable. Self-report methods, newly proposed alternatives, and the evidence supporting their utility will be discussed. The relationship between Buddhist and psychological conceptions of mindfulness, and their implications for assessment, will be briefly described.
About Ruth Baer
Ruth Baer is Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky and is spending a sabbatical year at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She conducts research on mindfulness and works with several mindfulness-based interventions, including dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She is the developer of two self-report instruments for measuring mindfulness as a psychological variable: the Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills and the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire. She has edited three books for professionals on mindfulness-based treatments and mechanisms of change and written a book for the general public, Practicing Happiness: How Mindfulness Can Free You from Psychological Traps and Help You Build the Life You Want.