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Keywords:

  • Mindfulness;
  • adolescents;
  • meditation;
  • incarcerated youth;
  • qualitative

Background:  This study investigated the experience of 23 incarcerated male adolescents who participated in an adapted 10-week mindfulness-based intervention.

Method:  Participants completed semi-structured interviews immediately following the final class of the treatment intervention. A six-step thematic content analysis was used to identify major themes from the transcribed semi-structured interviews.

Results:  Four major clusters of themes were identified: increase in subjective well-being, increase in self-regulation, increase in awareness, and accepting attitude toward the treatment intervention.

Conclusion:  Results suggest that adapted mindfulness-based interventions are feasible as treatments for incarcerated youth and have promising potential. Clinical implications are discussed.