Mindfulness-based approaches for children and youth

Carisa Perry-Parrish, Nikeea Copeland-Linder, Lindsey Webb, Erica M.S. Sibinga

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Abstract

Mindfulness meditation is a useful adjunct to behavioral and medical interventions to manage a range of symptoms, including psychological and physical responses to stress, anxiety, depression, and disruptive behavior. Mindfulness approaches can be taught to children, adolescents, and their parents to improve self-regulation, particularly in response to stress. Mindfulness may be particularly relevant for youth and families who have an increased risk for exposure to chronic stress and unique stressors associated with medical and/or social-contextual considerations. Moreover, mindfulness parenting techniques can augment traditional behavioral approaches to improve children's behavior through specific parent-child interactions. A growing body of empirical studies and clinical experience suggest that incorporating mindfulness practices will enable clinicians to more effectively treat youth and their families in coping optimally with a range of challenging symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-178
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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