ERIC Number: EJ852473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
A Model of Mindful Parenting: Implications for Parent-Child Relationships and Prevention Research
Duncan, Larissa G.; Coatsworth, J. Douglas; Greenberg, Mark T.
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, v12 n3 p255-270 Sep 2009
This paper introduces a model of "mindful parenting" as a framework whereby parents intentionally bring moment-to-moment awareness to the parent-child relationship. This is done by developing the qualities of listening with full attention when interacting with their children, cultivating emotional awareness and self-regulation in parenting, and bringing compassion and nonjudgmental acceptance to their parenting interactions. First, we briefly outline the theoretical and empirical literature on mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions. Next, we present an operational definition of mindful parenting as an extension of mindfulness to the social context of parent-child relationships. We discuss the implications of mindful parenting for the quality of parent-child relationships, particularly across the transition to adolescence, and we review the literature on the application of mindfulness in parenting interventions. We close with a synopsis of our own efforts to integrate mindfulness-based intervention techniques and mindful parenting into a well-established, evidence-based family prevention program and our recommendations for future research on mindful parenting interventions.
Descriptors: Intervention, Altruism, Prevention, Child Rearing, Parent Child Relationship, Social Environment, Models, Parenting Skills, Program Implementation, Adolescents, Family Programs
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