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A grounded theory investigation into the influence of mindfulness on colleague relationships.

Millward, Elizabeth L. (2016) A grounded theory investigation into the influence of mindfulness on colleague relationships. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey.

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The present study aimed to develop a theory of perceptions of how mindfulness influenced colleague relationships. Abbreviated Grounded Theory methodology was used to collect and analyse data from eight participants. The participants were from a diverse range of occupations and geographical locations. 45 to 90 minute interviews were conducted, and participants contacted after to expand on the discussion. Participants perceived mindfulness practice to influence colleague relationships through changes in internal experience, which led to changes in interpersonal behaviour. The actions of mindfulness practitioners were seemingly influenced by values they held about their workplace relationships. Reactions of colleagues were difficult for participants to predict, and both positive and negative reactions were commonly described by practitioners. Results of the study provided the beginnings of an explanation for previous contradictory findings. Considerations for future research are discussed, and include further investigation of proposed mediating factors, and possible future interventions to improve workplace relationships; such as ACT and modified mindfulness training.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects : Mindfulness, Colleagues, Workplace, Relationships, Grounded Theory
Divisions : Theses
Authors :
Millward, Elizabeth L.
Date : 30 September 2016
Funders : n/a
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID, Linda
Depositing User : Elizabeth Millward
Date Deposited : 27 Oct 2016 09:28
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:42

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