Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 203–217 | Cite as

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

  • J. Douglas Coatsworth
  • Larissa G. Duncan
  • Mark T. Greenberg
  • Robert L. Nix
Original Paper


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.


Mindfulness Parenting Intervention Efficacy Adolescence 



Funding for the current study was provided by the Penn State Children, Youth, and Families Consortium and a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to Centre County Communities That Care ® (CTC). Thanks to members of the CTC, all the families that participated in the study and the facilitators who implemented the interventions. Special thanks to Virginia Molgaard for her work in adapting the intervention and to Christa Turksma, Elaine Berrena, and Sandy Stewart who facilitated the sessions on mindful parenting.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Douglas Coatsworth
    • 1
  • Larissa G. Duncan
    • 2
  • Mark T. Greenberg
    • 1
  • Robert L. Nix
    • 1
  1. 1.Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human DevelopmentThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Osher Center for Integrative MedicineUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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