Original Paper

Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 203-217

Changing Parent’s Mindfulness, Child Management Skills and Relationship Quality With Their Youth: Results From a Randomized Pilot Intervention Trial

  • J. Douglas CoatsworthAffiliated withPrevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University Email author 
  • , Larissa G. DuncanAffiliated withOsher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • , Mark T. GreenbergAffiliated withPrevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University
  • , Robert L. NixAffiliated withPrevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University

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Abstract

We evaluated the efficacy of a mindful parenting program for changing parents’ mindfulness, child management practices, and relationships with their early adolescent youth and tested whether changes in parents’ mindfulness mediated changes in other domains. We conducted a pilot randomized trial with 65 families and tested an adapted version of the Strengthening Families Program: For Parent and Youth 10–14 that infused mindfulness principles and practices against the original program and a delayed intervention control group. Results of pre-post analyses of mother and youth-report data showed that the mindful parenting program generally demonstrated comparable effects to the original program on measures of child management practices and stronger effects on measures of mindful parenting and parent–youth relationship qualities. Moreover, mediation analyses indicated that the mindful parenting program operated indirectly on the quality of parent–youth relationships through changes in mindful parenting. Overall, the findings suggest that infusing mindful parenting activities into existing empirically validated parenting programs can enhance their effects on family risk and protection during the transition to adolescence.

Keywords

Mindfulness Parenting Intervention Efficacy Adolescence