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
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Barnert, E. S., Himelstein, S., Herbert, S., Garcia-Romeu, A. and Chamberlain, L. J. (2013), Innovations in Practice: exploring an intensive meditation intervention for incarcerated youth. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. doi: 10.1111/camh.12019
- 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.