The Mindfulness-enhanced Strengthening Families Program: integrating brief mindfulness activities and parent training within an evidence-based prevention program

J. Douglas Coatsworth, Larissa G. Duncan, Elaine Berrena, Katharine T. Bamberger, Daniel Loeschinger, Mark T. Greenberg, Robert L. Nix

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Abstract

Teaching mindfulness to parents as well as adolescents through a family-centered intervention approach can have a positive impact on the parent-youth relationship. In mindful parenting, caretakers are aware of their own feelings and emotions, and interact with their adolescents in a mindful way by demonstrating emotional awareness, attentive listening, nonjudgment, self-regulation, and compassion. This chapter discusses the need for family-centered mindfulness approaches in adolescence. It introduces the Mindfulness-enhanced Strengthening Families Program, describes specific program activities and their theoretical rationale, and presents initial empirical evidence from pilot studies of the intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-58
Number of pages14
JournalNew directions for youth development
Volume2014
Issue number142
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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