Implementing mindfulness and yoga in urban schools

A community-academic partnership

Tamar Mendelson, Jacinda K. Dariotis, Laura Feagans Gould, Ali S R Smith, Atman A. Smith, Andres A. Gonzalez, Mark T. Greenberg

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Abstract

Purpose - Mindfulness-based interventions - which train capacities for attention, awareness, compassion, and self-regulation of thoughts and emotions - may offer unique benefits for urban youth exposed to chronic stress and adversity. Urban schools are promising settings in which to integrate mindfulness-based interventions; however, they pose complex challenges for intervention implementation and evaluation. Design/methodology/approach - The paper reflects on the experiences of our community-academic partnership conducting two school-based randomised trials on a mindfulness and yoga programme. The programme was developed by the Holistic Life Foundation and was delivered to middle school students in public schools serving disadvantaged urban communities. Findings - This paper discusses barriers and facilitating factors related to effective intervention delivery and evaluation, presents recommendations for future work and reflects on the potential benefits of mindfulness-based practices for students, teachers and schools. Originality/value - The paper offers a detailed account of challenges and opportunities associated with implementing mindfulness-based practices in urban school settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbers5
Pages (from-to)276-291
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Children's Services
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Holistic Life Foundation
  • Implementation
  • Mindfulness
  • School-based intervention
  • Urban youth
  • Yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Health(social science)
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Mendelson, T., Dariotis, J. K., Gould, L. F., Smith, A. S. R., Smith, A. A., Gonzalez, A. A., & Greenberg, M. T. (2013). Implementing mindfulness and yoga in urban schools: A community-academic partnership. Journal of Children's Services, 8(4), 276-291. [s5]. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-07-2013-0024

Implementing mindfulness and yoga in urban schools : A community-academic partnership. / Mendelson, Tamar; Dariotis, Jacinda K.; Gould, Laura Feagans; Smith, Ali S R; Smith, Atman A.; Gonzalez, Andres A.; Greenberg, Mark T.

In: Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 8, No. 4, s5, 2013, p. 276-291.

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Mendelson, T, Dariotis, JK, Gould, LF, Smith, ASR, Smith, AA, Gonzalez, AA & Greenberg, MT 2013, 'Implementing mindfulness and yoga in urban schools: A community-academic partnership', Journal of Children's Services, vol. 8, no. 4, s5, pp. 276-291. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-07-2013-0024
Mendelson, Tamar ; Dariotis, Jacinda K. ; Gould, Laura Feagans ; Smith, Ali S R ; Smith, Atman A. ; Gonzalez, Andres A. ; Greenberg, Mark T. / Implementing mindfulness and yoga in urban schools : A community-academic partnership. In: Journal of Children's Services. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 4. pp. 276-291.
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