Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 131–139 | Cite as

New Avenues for Promoting Mindfulness in Adolescence using mHealth

  • Rachel G. Lucas-ThompsonEmail author
  • Patricia C. Broderick
  • J. Douglas Coatsworth
  • Joshua M. Smyth
Original Paper


There is a large evidence base supporting the efficacy of mindfulness interventions in adulthood, and growing support for the efficacy of these interventions in adolescence. Historically mindfulness interventions have been delivered in person and in groups, with recommendations for home practice being a critical part of the intervention. However, compliance with these practice recommendations in adolescence is very poor. Past studies indicate that using mobile technology to promote skill transfer to real life can be an effective strategy, particularly when used as a supplement to an in-person intervention strategy. To date, however, mobile technology has largely been used to create stand-alone mindfulness interventions. The goals of the current paper are to discuss the potential opportunities and challenges with a mobile-technology-enhanced mindfulness intervention, and to present the rationale that such an approach is not only theoretical and empirically sound but also a critical next step to increase the efficacy and developmental appropriateness of mindfulness interventions for adolescents. This discussion is grounded in a specific example of a mindfulness intervention supplemented by a momentary intervention we are developing.


Mindfulness interventions Adolescence mHealth Ecological momentary intervention 



This work was supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (Award Number K01AT009592-01; PI, Lucas-Thompson). The content of this manuscript is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Development & Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Bennett-Pierce Prevention Research CenterPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Human Development & Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  4. 4.Biobehavioral Health and MedicinePennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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