New Research Study of L2B with Ethnic Minority Youth
A Pilot Randomized Trial Evaluating a School-Based Mindfulness Intervention of Ethnic Minority Youth
Joey Fung, Sisi Guo, Joel Jin, Laurel Bear, & Anna Lau
This study examined the feasibility and efficacy of a 12-week mindfulness intervention in a wait-list controlled trial of 19 Latino-American and Asian-American middle school students with elevated mood symptoms. ANCOVA analyses indicated that immediate treatment was associated with significant reductions in parent-reported externalizing problems at post-treatment and marginally significant reductions in youth-reported internalizing problems. The pooled pre-to-post treatment analyses revealed that mindfulness led to a reduction in parent-reported externalizing problems, youth-reported internalizing problems, and youth-reported use of expressive suppression. Overall, this pilot study offers feasibility and efficacy data for mindfulness-based program as a potential treatment for behavior problems for ethnic minority with elevated mood symptoms. Implications of the findings, as well as considerations in engaging low-income ethnic minority families are discussed.
Mindfulness DOI 10.1007/s12671-016-0519-7
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The purpose of this website is to provide support and information about bringing mindfulness to youth, in particular, but also to adults. Some topics may be useful to you in general, such as ones about the benefits of mindfulness for emotion regulation and the importance of social-emotional learning. This website also introduces you to a specific mindfulness curriculum called Learning to BREATHE. L2B is a sequenced program that can be used in many settings (e.g. schools, universities, clinical settings, after-school programs, residential facilities, etc.). It has 6 themes, which can be taught in 6, 12, 18 or any number of sessions, depending upon your time and needs.
You may also enjoy seeing the photos of some of the teachers and researchers who are working to bring mindfulness to adolescents and others. They are wonderful partners who work to help youth manage stress, strengthen their emotion regulation and attention, and improve their well-being.