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Article: The moderating effect of mindfulness on the mediated relation between critical thinking and psychological distress via cognitive distortions among adolescents

TitleThe moderating effect of mindfulness on the mediated relation between critical thinking and psychological distress via cognitive distortions among adolescents
Authors
KeywordsCognitive distortions
Critical thinking
Mindfulness
Moderated mediation
Psychological distress
Issue Date2019
PublisherFrontiers Research Foundation. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.frontiersin.org/psychology
Citation
Frontiers in Psychology, 2019, v. 10, article no. 1455 How to Cite?
AbstractCritical thinking has been widely regarded as an indispensable cognitive skill in the 21st century. However, its associations with the affective aspects of psychological functioning are not well understood. This study explored the interrelations between trait mindfulness, critical thinking, cognitive distortions, and psychological distress using a moderated mediation model. The sample comprised 287 senior secondary school students (57% male and 43% female) aged 14–19 from a local secondary school in Hong Kong. The results revealed that high critical thinking was significantly associated with high levels of psychological distress when mindful awareness was low among adolescents. Trait mindfulness was found to moderate the indirect effects of critical thinking on psychological distress via cognitive distortions as the mediator. Specifically, in low trait mindfulness conditions, critical thinking was found to associate positively with cognitive distortions and psychological distress. Such associations were not observed in high trait mindfulness conditions. The findings reveal that though critical thinking has positive associations with cognitive functioning, its associations with affective well-being might be negative. The results also suggest that mindfulness might play an important role in preventing the possible psychological distress associated with critical thinking. Educational implications relating to the fostering of critical thinking and mindful awareness are discussed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272103
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2017 Impact Factor: 2.089
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.244
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dc.contributor.authorSu, MR-
dc.contributor.authorShum, KKM-
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-20T10:35:45Z-
dc.date.available2019-07-20T10:35:45Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationFrontiers in Psychology, 2019, v. 10, article no. 1455-
dc.identifier.issn1664-1078-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272103-
dc.description.abstractCritical thinking has been widely regarded as an indispensable cognitive skill in the 21st century. However, its associations with the affective aspects of psychological functioning are not well understood. This study explored the interrelations between trait mindfulness, critical thinking, cognitive distortions, and psychological distress using a moderated mediation model. The sample comprised 287 senior secondary school students (57% male and 43% female) aged 14–19 from a local secondary school in Hong Kong. The results revealed that high critical thinking was significantly associated with high levels of psychological distress when mindful awareness was low among adolescents. Trait mindfulness was found to moderate the indirect effects of critical thinking on psychological distress via cognitive distortions as the mediator. Specifically, in low trait mindfulness conditions, critical thinking was found to associate positively with cognitive distortions and psychological distress. Such associations were not observed in high trait mindfulness conditions. The findings reveal that though critical thinking has positive associations with cognitive functioning, its associations with affective well-being might be negative. The results also suggest that mindfulness might play an important role in preventing the possible psychological distress associated with critical thinking. Educational implications relating to the fostering of critical thinking and mindful awareness are discussed.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherFrontiers Research Foundation. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.frontiersin.org/psychology-
dc.relation.ispartofFrontiers in Psychology-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectCognitive distortions-
dc.subjectCritical thinking-
dc.subjectMindfulness-
dc.subjectModerated mediation-
dc.subjectPsychological distress-
dc.titleThe moderating effect of mindfulness on the mediated relation between critical thinking and psychological distress via cognitive distortions among adolescents-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailShum, KKM: kkmshum@hku.hk-
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dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01455-
dc.identifier.pmid31293487-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC6606771-
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dc.identifier.volume10-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 1455-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. 1455-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000473179200001-
dc.publisher.placeSwitzerland-

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