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OBJECTIVES: This study explored the association between conditional goal setting (CGS; the tendency to view the achievement of high order goals for the self as conditional upon the achievement of lower order goals) and dispositional mindfulness. DESIGN/METHODS: CGS and dispositional mindfulness were assessed in 31 depressed patients in a cross-sectional design. RESULTS: A significant association was identified between increased dispositional mindfulness and reduced CGS, which remained after controlling for severity of depressed mood. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that treatment interventions that increase levels of mindful awareness may have the capacity to reduce CGS in depressed patients.

Original publication




Journal article


Br J Clin Psychol

Publication Date





281 - 290


Achievement, Adult, Affect, Cognition, Cross-Sectional Studies, Depressive Disorder, Major, Female, Goals, Humans, Male, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Self Concept, Surveys and Questionnaires