Promoting Mindfulness in African American Communities

Alana Biggers*, Claire Adams Spears, Kimberly Sanders, Jason Ong, Lisa K. Sharp, Ben S. Gerber

*Corresponding author for this work

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African Americans report higher rates of chronic stress compared with non-Hispanic Whites. Consequently, chronic stress contributes to disproportionately higher rates of poor health outcomes among African Americans. Mindfulness meditation is a well-established and studied strategy to reduce stress and potentially improve health outcomes. However, the practice of mindfulness meditation is largely underutilized in African American communities despite its potential health benefits. In this commentary, we will discuss the relevance of mindfulness interventions, limited research available, reasons for low representation, and cultural adaptations for mindfulness meditation in African American communities. We also provide additional strategies to guide future mindfulness research that target African Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2274-2282
Number of pages9
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • African Americans
  • Chronic stress
  • Mindfulness-based interventions
  • Racial/ethnic minorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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