Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 145–151 | Cite as

Mindful Parenting: A Call for Research

  • Jeanette A. Sawyer CohenEmail author
  • Randye J. Semple
Original Paper


Interest in mindfulness-based interventions for children and adolescents is growing, but despite substantial evidence that parental distress and psychopathology adversely affects children, there is little research on how mindfulness-based parenting interventions might benefit the child as well as the parent. As an established intervention for prevention of depressive relapse, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) conducted with parents is an intervention that potentially could improve parent–child relationships, reduce child symptoms, and promote healthy child development. Mindful parenting interventions bring mindful attention directly to parent–child interactions and are similar but not identical to existing clinical mindfulness interventions such as MBCT. Mindfulness-based parenting interventions have an interpersonal, rather than intrapsychic focus, with particular attention given to the parent–child relationship. Preliminary research suggests that this intervention approach may reduce stress, enhance parenting satisfaction, decrease child aggression, and increase children’s prosocial behaviors. Initial evidence supporting the effectiveness of mindful parenting programs is promising and supports our call for ongoing research.


Mindfulness Parenting Children Depression Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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