Mindfulness-Based Approaches for Children and Youth

Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2016 Jun;46(6):172-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2015.12.006. Epub 2016 Mar 8.


Mindfulness meditation is a useful adjunct to behavioral and medical interventions to manage a range of symptoms, including psychological and physical responses to stress, anxiety, depression, and disruptive behavior. Mindfulness approaches can be taught to children, adolescents, and their parents to improve self-regulation, particularly in response to stress. Mindfulness may be particularly relevant for youth and families who have an increased risk for exposure to chronic stress and unique stressors associated with medical and/or social-contextual considerations. Moreover, mindfulness parenting techniques can augment traditional behavioral approaches to improve children׳s behavior through specific parent-child interactions. A growing body of empirical studies and clinical experience suggest that incorporating mindfulness practices will enable clinicians to more effectively treat youth and their families in coping optimally with a range of challenging symptoms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Biomedical Research / methods
  • Biomedical Research / trends
  • Child
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / methods
  • Humans
  • Mindfulness / methods*
  • Mindfulness / trends
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*