The impact of mindfulness practice and group leadership training on identification with stereotypic sex role attributes in Christian leadership groups
Nicole S Oliver Snyder
The aim of this study was to demonstrate that as mindfulness attention and greater acceptance of members in leadership groups increase, members will identify to a greater degree with androgynous personality characteristics. Participants took part in a fourteen-week mindfulness attention skills training group discernment practice program. A mixed-methods approach was used (quantitative measures and phenomenological qualitative inquiry). A paired-samples t-test determined that no statistically significant change occurred in sex-role identification in the posttest. Pretest-posttest focus group interviews, however, indicated notable change in expectations of leadership toward androgynous qualities (e.g., descriptions such as: shared leadership, collaboration, listening, and attentive to the other).