ERIC Number: EJ899711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Feasibility and Preliminary Outcomes of a School-Based Mindfulness Intervention for Urban Youth
Mendelson, Tamar; Greenberg, Mark T.; Dariotis, Jacinda K.; Gould, Laura Feagans; Rhoades, Brittany L.; Leaf, Philip J.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v38 n7 p985-994 Oct 2010
Youth in underserved, urban communities are at risk for a range of negative outcomes related to stress, including social-emotional difficulties, behavior problems, and poor academic performance. Mindfulness-based approaches may improve adjustment among chronically stressed and disadvantaged youth by enhancing self-regulatory capacities. This paper reports findings from a pilot randomized controlled trial assessing the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes of a school-based mindfulness and yoga intervention. Four urban public schools were randomized to an intervention or wait-list control condition (n = 97 fourth and fifth graders, 60.8% female). It was hypothesized that the 12-week intervention would reduce involuntary stress responses and improve mental health outcomes and social adjustment. Stress responses, depressive symptoms, and peer relations were assessed at baseline and post-intervention. Findings suggest the intervention was attractive to students, teachers, and school administrators and that it had a positive impact on problematic responses to stress including rumination, intrusive thoughts, and emotional arousal.
Descriptors: Metacognition, Intervention, Urban Youth, Disadvantaged Youth, School Activities, Physical Activities, Urban Schools, Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Grade 5, Anxiety, Mental Health, Social Adjustment, Depression (Psychology), Peer Relationship, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
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