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The Association Between Dispositional Mindfulness and Need Threat Following Ostracism in Spanish Adolescents: The Moderating Role of Age

Estíbaliz Royuela-Colomer1, Izaskun Orue1, Dongning Ren2, and Liria Fernández-González1

1 University of Deusto, and
2 Tilburg University (The Netherlands)

Background: Ostracism –being ignored and excluded– entails risks for adolescent mental health. Less is known about the factors that are negatively associated with the adverse consequences of ostracism. This study explored the association between dispositional mindfulness and need threat following social exclusion using the Cyberball paradigm. Sex and age were included as moderators of the relationship between dispositional mindfulness and need threat. Additionally, the factor structure of the Need Threat Scale (NTS) was analyzed in Spanish adolescents. Method: Participants (N = 750, 52.4% female; mean age = 14.51) completed a mindfulness questionnaire, were ostracized in the Cyberball game, and reported their need threat during this game. Results: Dispositional mindfulness was negatively associated with need threat only in older adolescents (>15 years old). Although girls reported higher levels of need threat than boys, sex did not moderate the association between mindfulness and need threat. Conclusions: This research suggests that dispositional mindfulness is only associated with NTS in older adolescents and girls are more vulnerable to the negative consequence of ostracism.

La Asociación Entre el Rasgo de Mindfulness y la Amenaza Percibida tras el Ostracismo en Adolescentes Españoles: el papel Moderador de la Edad. Antecedentes: el ostracismo –ser ignorado y excluido– conlleva riesgos para la salud mental de los adolescentes. Se sabe menos sobre los factores que se asocian negativamente con las consecuencias adversas del ostracismo. Este estudio exploró la asociación entre el rasgo de mindfulness y la amenaza percibida tras una situación de exclusión social utilizando el paradigma experimental Cyberball. Se incluyeron el sexo y la edad como moderadores de la relación entre el rasgo de mindfulness y la amenaza percibida. Adicionalmente, se analizó la estructura del cuestionario de Amenaza Percibida (NTS) en adolescentes españoles. Método: los participantes (N = 750, 52,4% chicas; edad media = 14,51) completaron un cuestionario de mindfulness, fueron excluidos en el Cyberball e indicaron la amenaza percibida tras el juego. Resultados: el rasgo de mindfulness se asoció negativamente con la amenaza percibida solo en los adolescentes más mayores (>15años). Aunque las chicas reportaron mayores niveles de amenaza percibida, el sexo no moderó la asociación entre mindfulness y amenaza percibida. Conclusiones: esta investigación sugiere que el rasgo de mindfulness solo se asocia con la amenaza percibida en los adolescentes mayores y que las chicas son más vulnerables a las consecuencias negativa del ostracismo.


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