A qualitative investigation of the experience of a mindfulness-based intervention with incarcerated adolescents
Article first published online: 25 JAN 2012
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Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 231–237, November 2012
How to Cite
Himelstein, S., Hastings, A., Shapiro, S. and Heery, M. (2012), A qualitative investigation of the experience of a mindfulness-based intervention with incarcerated adolescents. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 17: 231–237. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00647.x
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 25 JAN 2012
- Accepted for publication: 16 September 2011
- incarcerated youth;
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.