Reduces depression in school-based adolescents

Raes, F., et al. (2013). School-Based Prevention and Reduction of Depression in Adolescents: a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mindfulness Group Program. [Abstract]. Mindfulness. Epublished March 2013.

From the Abstract: Our objective was to conduct the first randomized controlled trial of the efficacy of a group mindfulness program aimed at reducing and preventing depression in an adolescent school-based population. For each of 12 pairs of parallel classes with students (age range 13–20) from five schools (N = 408), one class was randomly assigned to the mindfulness condition and one class to the control condition.

Students in the mindfulness group completed depression assessments … prior to and immediately following the intervention and 6 months after the intervention. Control students completed the questionnaire at the same times as those in the mindfulness group. … The findings suggest that school-based mindfulness programs can help to reduce and prevent depression in adolescents.

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