Mindfulness And Self-Compassion Are Looking Good For Teen Stress

This line of inquiry looks like it’s worth pursuing by other investigators – it’s a ready-made curriculum for stressed teens that seems to be effective, and it’s got a self-compassion component that most adolescents could use. I also suspect that programs like this could reduce bullying. Check it out!

In this pilot study, researchers from the University of North Carolina and the University of Tennessee explored the effects of a mindfulness training program on the emotional well-being of a community sample of 28 teens. They also looked at the impact of a self-compassion component to mindfulness practice.

The intervention was a mindfulness curriculum called Learning to BREATHE, designed specifically for adolescents and taught in six 90-minute sessions. The outcomes studied were measures of life satisfaction and perceived stress. 

Results indicated that mindfulness, self-compassion, perceived stress and life satisfaction all improved from pre-intervention to post-intervention. Further, self-compassion was negatively correlated to perceived stress.

The findings suggest that mindfulness may be an effective intervention for improving emotional well-being in teens, and self-compassion may be a pathway for adolescents to lower stress.   

Citation: Bluth K1, Roberson PN2, Gaylord SA3. A Pilot Study of a Mindfulness Intervention for Adolescents and the Potential Role of Self-Compassion in Reducing Stress. Explore (NY). 2015 Jul-Aug;11 (4): pages 292-5. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2015.04.005. Epub 2015 Apr 28. [email protected].

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