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ERIC Number: EJ1100907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1754-730X
Pause, Breathe, Smile: A Mixed-Methods Study of Student Well-Being Following Participation in an Eight-Week, Locally Developed Mindfulness Program in Three New Zealand Schools
Bernay, Ross; Graham, Esther; Devcich, Daniel A.; Rix, Grant; Rubie-Davies, Christine M.
Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, v9 n2 p90-106 2016
Children today face increasingly high stress levels, impacting their well-being. Schools can play a crucial role in teaching social and emotional skills; therefore there is a need to identify effective interventions. This mixed-methods study of 124 elementary school students from three New Zealand schools aimed to (1) assess if children experienced improved well-being after an eight-week mindfulness program, and (2) understand their perceptions of the program. Participants completed these self-rated scales: the Mindful Awareness Attention Scale for Children and the Stirling Children's Well-being Scale. Six children were interviewed about their perceptions and classroom teachers' observations were reviewed. Quantitative data indicated a steady increase in students' mindfulness, while well-being increased significantly but returned to baseline levels at three-month follow up. Changes in mindfulness were positively related to changes in well-being. The study results suggest the importance of offering mindfulness-based programs for potential improvements in students' well-being.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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