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J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Feb;21(2):100-2. doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.0269.

Engagement in mindfulness practices by U.S. adults: sociodemographic barriers.

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1 Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami , Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the effect of sociodemographic factors on mindfulness practices.

METHODS:

National Health Interview Survey Alternative Medicine Supplement data were used to examine sociodemographic predictors of engagement in meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qigong.

RESULTS:

Greater education was associated with mindfulness practices (odds ratio [OR], 4.02 [95% confidence interval [CI], 3.50-4.61]), men were half as likely as women to engage in any practice, and lower engagement was found among non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.

CONCLUSION:

Vulnerable population groups with worse health outcomes were less likely to engage in mindfulness practices.

PMID:
25685958
PMCID:
PMC4326023
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2014.0269
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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