26 February 2018
Recent studies of mindfulness schools programmes for teenagers have produced mixed results. Some have failed to find benefits even when extra features were added to try to make them more effective.
But given the demonstrated benefits of mindfulness training on stress and wellbeing in adults – and the urgent need to find ways to reduce stress and prevent depression in teenagers – it’s not surprising that researchers are pursuing work in the area.
Advocates of mindfulness for children may take some comfort from a new study in Developmental Science that found an eight-week training programme improved emotion processing in 16-18-year-olds.
In theory, this might reduce their vulnerability to depression, write the researchers, from Bangor University.