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

Author: Coatsworth JD1, Duncan LG, Berrena E, Bamberger KT, Loeschinger D, Greenberg MT, Nix RL.
Affiliation: 1Colorado State University.
Conference/Journal: New Dir Youth Dev
Date published: 2014 Jun
Other: Volume ID: 2014 , Issue ID: 142 , Pages: 45-58 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1002/yd.20096 , Word Count: 103

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.
PMID: 25100494 [PubMed - in process] PMCID: PMC4127910 [Available on 2014/10/1]