Introduction: Mindfulness is regarded as the ability to pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, in a nonjudgmental manner (Kabat- Zinn, 1990). This new construct has gained prominence in the field of counseling psychology and psychotherapy. Several therapeutic approaches have incorporated mindfulness as a technique in intervening in various psychopathological conditions. Prior studies have also examined mindfulness as a construct in relation to other variables. Garra & Barajas (2014) examined the relationship between mindfulness and psychopathology in a clinical sample of patients with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders and borderline personality disorder, general population and a sample of university undergraduates. However, little is known about this construct in the Nigerian context.
Objective: The general aim of this study is to ascertain psychology student’s knowledge about the concept of mindfulness, their level of mindfulness attention and its relationship with the experience of anxiety and depression.
Method: A total of 100 undergraduate and postgraduate psychology students were used in the study. The Mindfulness Awareness Attention Scale (Brown & Ryan, 2003) as well as Beck’s depression Inventory (Beck et al, 1961) and State Trait Anxiety Inventory-Form Y( Speilberger et al, 1983) was used. A questionnaire was also developed to collate demographic data as well as information on their knowledge about mindfulness. Descriptive results were analyzed using T-Independent test, Correlation and Regression Analysis
Conclusion: Thus the research gives occasion for the recommendation of mindfulness based intervention strategies for individuals with clinical and nonclinical cases of anxiety and depression