Taming the adolescent mind: preliminary report of a mindfulness-based psychological intervention for adolescents with clinical heterogeneous mental health diagnoses

Tan, Lucy and Martin, Graham (2013) Taming the adolescent mind: preliminary report of a mindfulness-based psychological intervention for adolescents with clinical heterogeneous mental health diagnoses. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 18 2: 300-312. doi:10.1177/1359104512455182


Author Tan, Lucy
Martin, Graham
Title Taming the adolescent mind: preliminary report of a mindfulness-based psychological intervention for adolescents with clinical heterogeneous mental health diagnoses
Journal name Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-1045
1461-7021
Publication date 2013
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1359104512455182
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 300
End page 312
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Mindfulness-based interventions such as Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MCBT) have been used to treat adults with psychiatric disorders. This article describes initial modification and development of a mindfulness-based intervention group program for adolescents with psychiatric disorders. It was hypothesized that the intervention would improve mindfulness, mental health outcomes and decrease psychological distress and symptoms.
Method: Adolescents from a mental health clinic attended a 5-week group pilot mindfulness-based intervention. Adolescents and parents completed questionnaires at pre- and post-intervention and at 3-month follow-up. Baseline measures indicated moderate to severe range of mental health symptoms.
Results: After the intervention, adolescents reported significant decreases in psychological distress and increases in mindfulness and self-esteem. Qualitative data revealed the intervention to be engaging and beneficial. Parents also reported significant overall improvements of adolescents’ functioning.
Conclusions: These promising preliminary results suggest that the intervention was feasible, acceptable and offered positive impact on mental health problems, and the intervention warrants further research in a randomized controlled study.
Keyword Stress
Mental health disorders
Mindfulness-based intervention
Adolescents
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print December 4, 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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