From the Abstract. Despite solid basic science research supporting meditation’s physiologic benefits, meditation remains a marginalized practice for many Westerners; observational and descriptive studies indicate a spectrum of barriers to meditation practice.
A cross-sectional survey study was conducted of 150 family caregivers to adults with cancer visiting an outpatient chemotherapy center in Connecticut, United States. The primary outcome was the Determinants of Meditation Practice Inventory. Explanatory variables included demographic characteristics, Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale, Big Five Inventory, and Caregiver Reactions Assessment. Participants included 98 women and 52 men. Age range was 18–84 years (M = 52.3 years).
The highest frequency of barriers for both genders related to misconceptions about meditation.