AbstractsMedical & Health Science

Mindfulness-based intervention for primary school aged children

by Emma Louise Butler

Institution: Swinburne University of Technology
Department: Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
Degree: DPsych
Year: 2015
Keywords: Mindfulness; Children; Self-esteem; Anxiety
Record ID: 1046232
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.3/398239


A mindfulness-based cognitive therapy program for adults was adapted and piloted for nine disadvantaged children. A refined mindfulness intervention was then evaluated in a partially randomized controlled trial with 76 children aged between eight and 12 years. Children who underwent the mindfulness intervention showed superior improvements for anxiety, depression, inattention, and low self-esteem compared to a wellbeing program. Improvements to self-esteem were also superior compared to a widely used relaxation treatment. The study supports the utility of mindfulness as a treatment to improve the mental health of disadvantaged children.