Barriers to Meditation
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Social Work Honors Theses; 2017
The purpose of this study is to determine barriers that impede the practice of meditation. Extensive research shows that meditation has major health benefits for those formally and not formally in a clinical environment. However, studies often show high levels of engagement but retention rates of less than fifty percent of participants. Data collection comes from an electronic survey offered to Ohio State students. The questions in the survey include demographics, perceived barriers to meditation, and personality traits. Demographics and personality traits were entered as predictors of perceived barriers to meditation. 93 participants completed the survey. Among the Big Five Personality Traits, Extraversion was not statistically significant (B=0.089, SE=0.129, P=0.021), Agreeableness was not statistically significant (B=-0.290, SE=0.197, P=0.145). Conscientiousness was not statistically significant (B=0.054, SE=0.184, P=0.769). Neuroticism was statistically significant (B=0.388, SE=0.192, P=0.048). Openness was not statistically significant (B=-0.196, SE=0.160, P=0.225). Whether respondents practiced meditation was statistically significant (B=8.180, SE=1.992, P=0.000). Gender was statistically significant (B=6.389, SE=2.757, P=0.024). Average hours of work spent in school and extracurricular activities was statistically significant (B=2.465, SE=0.941, P=0.011). A physical, mental, or emotional condition lasting more than six months or more that contributed to difficulty doing activities such as learning, remembering, and concentrating was also statistically significant (B=-5.149, SE, 2.279, P=0.027). The overall model was statistically significant.
Academic Major: Social Work
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