Mindfulness and Its Facets: A Protective Attribute against Risky Behaviors in Emerging Adults

Kailey Horan, Pace University


The purpose of this study is to contribute to the existing body of literature pertaining to the topics of addictive tendencies, risky behaviors, mindfulness, and impulsivity during the developmental period of emerging adulthood. The main aim of this study is to investigate, examine, explore, and provide support for dispositional mindfulness as a protective attribute against harmful or risky behaviors such as illicit drug use, alcohol abuse, unsafe sex practices, aggressive and illegal behaviors and academic work behaviors among emerging adults. Furthermore, this study will provide preliminary evidence that specific facets of dispositional mindfulness as defined by the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ), mitigate and offset the detrimental effects of a broad spectrum of harmful behaviors for a population that exhibits an appetite for risk taking. Finally, as the findings reveal that indeed the facets of dispositional mindfulness do increase emerging adult’s power to respond more effectively to situations that present them with considerable risk; arguments are made for mindfulness training in collegiate institutions and implications for practice are discussed.

Subject Area

Mental health|Counseling Psychology|Psychology

Recommended Citation

Horan, Kailey, "Mindfulness and Its Facets: A Protective Attribute against Risky Behaviors in Emerging Adults" (2018). ETD Collection for Pace University. AAI10838992.



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