Innovations in Practice
Exploring an intensive meditation intervention for incarcerated youth
Article first published online: 11 FEB 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2013 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 69–73, February 2014
How to Cite
Barnert, E. S., Himelstein, S., Herbert, S., Garcia-Romeu, A. and Chamberlain, L. J. (2014), Exploring an intensive meditation intervention for incarcerated youth. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19: 69–73. doi: 10.1111/camh.12019
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 11 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 DEC 2012
- Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Community Relations Office
- NIH CTSA
We examined the experiences of incarcerated adolescent males (N = 29) who participated in a one-day meditation retreat and 10-week meditation programme.
Self-report surveys assessing mindfulness, self-regulation, impulsivity and stress; behavioural assessments; and focus group data were examined.
We observed significantly higher scores in self-regulation (p = .012) and psychometric markers demonstrated psychological enhancement. No behavioural change was observed. Six themes emerged: enhanced well-being, increased self-discipline, increased social cohesiveness, expanded self-awareness, resistance to meditation and future meditation practice.
Early evidence suggests that meditation training for incarcerated youth is a feasible and promising intervention.