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Br J Psychiatry. 2013 Aug;203(2):126-31. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.126649. Epub 2013 Jun 20.

Effectiveness of the Mindfulness in Schools Programme: non-randomised controlled feasibility study.

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  • 1University of Exeter, Exeter; Richard Burnett, MA, UK. w.kuyken@exeter.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Mindfulness-based approaches for adults are effective at enhancing mental health, but few controlled trials have evaluated their effectiveness among young people.

AIMS:

To assess the acceptability and efficacy of a schools-based universal mindfulness intervention to enhance mental health and well-being.

METHOD:

A total of 522 young people aged 12-16 in 12 secondary schools either participated in the Mindfulness in Schools Programme (intervention) or took part in the usual school curriculum (control).

RESULTS:

Rates of acceptability were high. Relative to the controls, and after adjusting for baseline imbalances, children who participated in the intervention reported fewer depressive symptoms post-treatment (P = 0.004) and at follow-up (P = 0.005) and lower stress (P = 0.05) and greater well-being (P = 0.05) at follow-up. The degree to which students in the intervention group practised the mindfulness skills was associated with better well-being (P<0.001) and less stress (P = 0.03) at 3-month follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings provide promising evidence of the programme's acceptability and efficacy.

PMID:
23787061
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