“Safe in My Own Mind:” Supporting Healthy Adolescent Development Through Meditation Retreats

“Safe in My Own Mind:” Supporting Healthy Adolescent Development Through Meditation Retreats The current field study used a quasi-experimental, between-groups design to test the effectiveness of a weeklong intensive, residential meditation retreat for adolescents. Before and after the retreat, teens (N=79, Mage=17.02years) completed a battery of self-report measures assessing emotional functioning and self-regulation, and a performance measure of working memory. In parallel, parents completed questionnaires about their child's emotional functioning and self-regulation. Compared to a control condition, adolescents who participated in the retreat showed changes in emotional functioning (depressive symptoms, gratitude, positive affect), self-regulation (self-control), and working memory. The average effect size estimate across all outcomes was small-to-moderate, Cohen's d=0.38 (range=0.00 to 0.88). Improvements in self-compassion mediated the associations between meditation training and enhanced emotional functioning. The current field study suggests that residential meditation retreats can support psychological and cognitive functioning during adolescence, a critical period of social-emotional development. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology Elsevier

“Safe in My Own Mind:” Supporting Healthy Adolescent Development Through Meditation Retreats

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc.
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0193-3973
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10.1016/j.appdev.2017.09.006
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Abstract

The current field study used a quasi-experimental, between-groups design to test the effectiveness of a weeklong intensive, residential meditation retreat for adolescents. Before and after the retreat, teens (N=79, Mage=17.02years) completed a battery of self-report measures assessing emotional functioning and self-regulation, and a performance measure of working memory. In parallel, parents completed questionnaires about their child's emotional functioning and self-regulation. Compared to a control condition, adolescents who participated in the retreat showed changes in emotional functioning (depressive symptoms, gratitude, positive affect), self-regulation (self-control), and working memory. The average effect size estimate across all outcomes was small-to-moderate, Cohen's d=0.38 (range=0.00 to 0.88). Improvements in self-compassion mediated the associations between meditation training and enhanced emotional functioning. The current field study suggests that residential meditation retreats can support psychological and cognitive functioning during adolescence, a critical period of social-emotional development.

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Journal of Applied Developmental PsychologyElsevier

Published: Nov 1, 2017

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