Self-acceptance mediates the relationship between mindfulness and perceived stress

Psychol Rep. 2015 Apr;116(2):513-22. doi: 10.2466/07.PR0.116k19w4. Epub 2015 Mar 2.


Previous research has shown that the effects of mindfulness-based interventions and increased trait mindfulness are associated with reduced stress. Further research is needed to understand the mechanisms by which mindfulness-based interventions exert their beneficial effect on decreased stress. The purpose of the present study was to examine the role of self-acceptance in the relationship between trait mindfulness and perceived stress among a sample of 132 students from Beijing, China. Results revealed that self-acceptance was found to partially mediate the relationship between mindfulness and stress. Limitations, clinical implications, and directions for future research are identified.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • China
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mindfulness*
  • Self Concept*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Young Adult