An exploratory study of a mindfulness-based, targeted intervention with 12 and 13 year-old students

Anyika, Janet Kelechi (2015). An exploratory study of a mindfulness-based, targeted intervention with 12 and 13 year-old students. University of Birmingham. Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.

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The evidence base for the benefits of mindfulness for children is growing and the beneficial outcomes of Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) are found in a broad range of domains. The aim of this research study was to explore and evaluate the outcomes and process of an MBI delivered in a school setting to students aged 12 and 13-years-old by a Trainee Educational Psychologist.

A mixed methods approach was employed within a paradigm of pragmatism which was well suited to the complexity of phenomenon to be studied. In order to answer the research questions an intervention design was utilised in which outcomes for two groups of students were compared. Multiple of sources of data were analysed; qualitative data derived from semi-structured interviews was thematically analysed and interpreted alongside findings from a quantitative analysis of data obtained from the Child and Adolescent Mindfulness Measure and the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire. Evidence was found for an increase in mindfulness; most students reported experiencing improved self-awareness, awareness of their environment and feelings of calm and relaxation associated with mindfulness practice. A significant difference was found between pre- and post-intervention parental total difficulties scores on the SDQ, suggesting that student’s difficulties had improved from the parent’s perspectives.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services


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