Prevalence, patterns, and predictors of meditation use among US children

Wang, C., et al.  (2019). Prevalence, patterns, and predictors of meditation use among US children: Results from the National Health Interview Survey. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. In Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2019.02.004.

Highlights

•  Overall meditation use has increased substantially from 1.6% in 2012 to 7.4% in 2017 among children in the US.

• In particular, the rates of mantra and mindfulness meditation use have quadrupled. The prevalence of spiritual meditation use has increased sevenfold in 2017.

• Given the rapidly increasing use of spiritual meditation among pediatric population in the past few years, future studies aimed to explore the benefits of spiritual meditation are warranted.

• Mantra meditation use had an inverse relation with regularly taking prescription medication.

• Children who have difficulties affording mental health care are more likely to use mindfulness meditation points towards the feasibility and affordability of mindfulness meditation as a complementary health approach for maintaining psychological health in pediatric population.