Piloting a more intensive 8-week mindfulness programme in early- and mid-adolescent school students.

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Background: It is unclear how adult mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) should be modified for youth, and at what ages programs should be implemented for optimal impact. Recent non-replication with a 9-week program in early adolescence suggested abbreviated program content might be insufficient and/or that this age group are less receptive. Method: This controlled quasi-experimental design tested a more intensive 8-week MBI (longer meditation and session duration, plus inquiry) in Year 8 (Mage = 13.47; SD = 0.35) and Year 10 (Mage = 15.47; SD = 0.40) secondary students for feasibility and acceptability (N = 143, 45.9% female). Results: Within this format students rated the content as agreeable, and school staff deemed content developmentally appropriate, across both age bands. Efficacy was tested in a small subsample (N = 90) to provide an estimate of effect size. Linear mixed modelling demonstrated significant between-group differences in depression (Cohen’s d = .61; 95% CI .19,1.03) and anxiety (d = .52; 95% CI .10,.94) at 4-month follow-up, but not immediately post-intervention. Conclusion: An MBI more closely modelled on adult curricula was acceptable to students, although session duration was harder to timetable by schools. Promising effect sizes support further investigation in a larger sample.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2019


  • Adolescence
  • universal prevention
  • transdiagnostic
  • schools
  • mindfulness

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