Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
James Lane, PhD
Steven Henry, PsyD
Michel Hersen, PhD, ABPP
This study examined whether the implementation of a mindfulness-based group intervention program would lead to a reduction in self-reported psychological symptoms and problematic behaviors for adolescents in a residential treatment facility.
Thirteen adolescent residents participated in an eight-week mindfulness-based group intervention program. Participants were divided into two groups based upon pre-treatment scores on measures of anxiety and anger. The group intervention sessions included discussion and practice of the concepts and teachings of mindfulness.
An analysis of post-treatment data showed a decrease in anxiety for more symptomatic participants and an increase in anxiety for less symptomatic participants. Changes regarding anger and a program compliance were not significant and inconclusive respectively. Generally, the more symptomatic participants received the greatest benefit from the group. However, large individual variations in the data suggest the need for future research in this area.
Petrie, Brie (2010). The Clinical Utility of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention Program in Reducing Problematic Behaviors and the Manifestation of Psychological Symptoms in Adolescents (Doctoral dissertation, Pacific University). Retrieved from: