Systematic Review of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Child-Adolescent Populationa developmental perspective

  1. Bárbara Porter Jalife 1
  2. Cristián Oyanadel 1
  3. Fabiola M. Sáez Delgado 2
  4. Ana Andaur 3
  5. Wenceslao Peñate Castro 4
  1. 1 Universidad de Concepción

    Universidad de Concepción

    Concepción, Chile


  2. 2 Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción

    Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción

    Concepción, Chile


  3. 3 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

    Santiago de Chile, Chile


  4. 4 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España


EJIHPE: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education

ISSN: 2174-8144

Year of publication: 2022

Volume: 12

Issue: 8

Pages: 1220-1243

Type: Article

DOI: 10.3390/EJIHPE12080085 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDialnet editor

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Human development implies deep changes in cognitive, attentional, emotional, and behavioral skills. Therefore, Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) should be adapted in terms of dose, frequency, kind of exercises, assessment methods, and expected effects regarding the abilities and limitations of each developmental period. The present review seeks to describe and compare MBIs characteristics, assessment methods, and effects in youth between 3 and 18 years old considering four developmental periods. A systematic review was carried out including experimental primary studies published during the last five years. Results show that the frequency of the sessions and program duration varies widely. Differences were observed in instructors’ training and in assessment strategies. Discrepancies were observed regarding the effects of MBIs both within and between periods in cognitive, socio-emotional, symptoms, and mindfulness variables. Consistency was observed in prosocial behaviors for preschoolers, and in emotional and behavioral problems and hyperactivity in ages between preschool and early adolescence. Nevertheless, it was impossible to compare most results and determine consistency or discrepancy due to the lack of studies. Regarding mindfulness, it is defined and assessed in different ways in each period. Orientations are suggested to move from a compartmentalized view of isolated MBIs, towards an integrative perspective that allows tracing developmental trajectories for mindfulness and other key cognitive and socioemotional skills for children and adolescents.

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