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May protect older adults from effects of stress on mental health

de Frias, C. M., & Whyne, E. (2014). Stress on health-related quality of life in older adults: the protective nature of mindfulness. Aging & Mental Health, (ahead-of-print), 1-6. Full text.

From the Abstract. The current study examined whether the link between stress and health-related quality of life was buffered by protective factors, namely mindfulness, in a sample of middle-aged and older adults.

In this cross-sectional study, 134 healthy, community-dwelling adults (ages 50–85 years) were recruited from Dallas, TX. The participants were screened for depressive symptoms and severity. All participants completed measures of self-reported health status, life stress, and trait mindfulness.

The results suggest that mindfulness is a powerful, adaptive strategy that may protect middle-aged and older adults from the well-known harmful effects of stress on mental health.