ERIC Number: EJ852595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Pilot Study to Gauge Acceptability of a Mindfulness-Based, Family-Focused Preventive Intervention
Duncan, Larissa G.; Coatsworth, J. Douglas; Greenberg, Mark T.
Journal of Primary Prevention, v30 n5 p605-618 Sep 2009
The purpose of the present study was to conduct a test of acceptability of a new model for family-focused drug prevention programs for families of early adolescents. An existing evidence-based behavioral intervention, the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP), was adapted to include concepts and activities related to mindfulness and mindful parenting (an extension of mindfulness to the interpersonal domain of parent-child relationships). The foundation for this innovative intervention approach stems from research on the effects of mind-body treatments involving mindfulness meditation and the function of stress and coping in relation to parenting and parent well-being. One group of families participated in a seven-week pilot of this mindfulness-enhanced version of SFP. Results of a mixed-method implementation evaluation suggest that the new intervention activities were generally feasible to deliver, acceptable to participants, and perceived to yield positive benefits for family functioning and parent psychological well-being. The next phase of this research will involve curriculum refinement based upon results of this initial study, and a larger pilot efficacy trial will be conducted.
Descriptors: Intervention, Prevention, Child Rearing, Parent Child Relationship, Tests, Models, Adolescents, Drug Abuse, Research Methodology
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