Date of Award

4-13-2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

James Lane, PhD

Second Advisor

Steven Henry, PsyD

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen, PhD, ABPP

Abstract

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.

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