School-Based meditation in adolescents: an integrative literature review

Author: Nilson Vieira Pinto1,2, Vivianne Dos Santos Moreira Sarmento2, Roberto Sousa1, Áthila Campos Girão1, Mirna Albuquerque Frota1
1 Postgraduate Program in Public Health, University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Brazil.
2 Department of Physical Education, Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil.
Conference/Journal: Int J Adolesc Med Health
Date published: 2023 Jan 20
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1515/ijamh-2022-0059. , Word Count: 197

Utility of cognitive-behavioral practice interventions in school settings have been discussed by the scientific community regarding their possibility of insertion in the educational field. In this way, this review article analyzes the scientific production on the practice of meditation offered at school in adolescents, since the appropriation of studies that point to reflections and perspectives of meditative practice can favor the development of new pedagogical trajectories in the school environment.

The electronic databases VHL, PubMed, and CAPES were consulted, using the combination of the terms related to meditation, adolescents, and school. This analysis resulted in eight articles, including field research and reviews, published between 2010 and 2021.

The articles showed improvement in emotional coping skills, social relationships, self-regulation, control of mood levels, stress, depression, and anger, and significant gains in self-reflection and academic attention. They pointed out that elementary and high school students present more significant responses, and these factors, such as duration, frequency, and systematization of the session, can interfere with these responses.

These results indicate that meditation practice in adolescents can be a valuable strategy for health promotion and educational training in the school environment.

Keywords: adolescence; meditation; school.

PMID: 36655718 DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2022-0059