Mindfulness in Urban Youth

Our work on mindfulness instruction has carefully and persistently expanded previous mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) work among adults, and sensitively adapted the program to vulnerable youth in Baltimore and beyond.  We bring expertise and compassion to the development and implementation of the program and to the evaluation of the effects in populations who may not otherwise have access to these approaches.  Through rigorous evaluation and articulation of the MBSR program effects among youth, MBSR may be identified as an additional evidence-based tool to enhance psychological functioning, coping, and self-regulation.

Potential benefits of MBSR for urban youth include:

  • reduced conflict and violence
  • improved psychological and behavioral outcomes
  • enhanced quality of life
  • improved academic trajectories
  • improved HIV treatment outcomes

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

MBSR is a structured program of instruction in mindfulness meditation, a practice of purposeful, non-judgmental awareness and attention to the happenings of the present moment.  MBSR is distinct from other psychological and behavioral approaches in that it focuses on enhancing an individual’s innate capacity for awareness of thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and interactions, in an on-going process-oriented manner, theoretically leading to greater self-awareness, self-regulation, and calm.

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