Joseph Smith

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2019
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Network Models of Mindfulness

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The conceptualisation and statistical representation of mindfulness as latent trait has conceptual limitations. To address this, Mr Smith modelled mindfulness as a network of practices using self-report data from two mindfulness measures. He hypothesised that the group level networks of practitioners would be characterised by greater network density than those of their non-practicing counterparts. This was investigated in a cross-sectional study representing the first application of network analysis to mindfulness self-report data. The null hypothesis was supported across both measures, although evidence was found for group level differences in network structure. An exploratory analysis revealed greater differentiation in the practitioners' network structures across both measures consistent with the idea of development. Local group differences were also found consistent with the literature. Mr Smith's research provides support for investigating mindfulness in this way, and theories were generated for future research.

Associate Professor Heather Kempton
Associate Professor Clifford Van Ommen
Dr Matt Williams