Mindfulness for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Caregivers: A Meta-analysis

Matthew Hartley, Diana Dorstyn, Clemence Due

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Mindfulness-based therapies are rising in popularity. However, evidence for their effectiveness in reducing psychological distress and enhancing wellbeing for families living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is limited. A systematic search identified 10 independent studies, involving a pooled sample of 233 children and adults with ASD and 241 caregivers. Hedges’ g effect sizes with associated 95% confidence intervals, in addition to heterogeneity, were calculated using a random-effects model. Caregivers, children and adults who received mindfulness all reported significant gains in subjective wellbeing immediately post-intervention. Available data indicated intervention effects were maintained at 3-month follow-up. Mindfulness presents a promising intervention strategy in ASD populations, however more controlled research is required to determine its precise efficacy for affected families and subgroups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4306-4319
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Intellectual disability
  • Mental health
  • Parents
  • Subjective wellbeing
  • Systematic review


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