A Pilot Study of a Mindfulness Intervention for Teens with the Inward Bound Mindfulness Education Organization
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The American Psychology Association’s (APA) annual Stress in America survey has recently revealed that teens in America have been experiencing unhealthy levels of stress. Recent research has also revealed that there has been a steady decrease in empathy in the last decade among young adults as well. Due to these findings it is important to examine certain types of interventions that will not only decrease stress in teens, but will increase their overall emotional intelligence as well. The present study was conducted to see if a weekend mindfulness retreat, led by Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, could decrease levels of stress and increase levels of emotional regulation, self-compassion, resilience, and multicultural competence in teens. The study consisted of 10 teens from Southwest Michigan that completed a survey, both before and after the retreat. Results from the weekend long retreat revealed increases in both levels of self compassion and emotional regulation, however this increase was not statistically significant. With respect to resilience and multicultural measures our predications were not validated, as teens reported decreases in each category and these results were not significant. For future studies it is recommended to examine a larger sample size and extend the duration of the retreat to a week instead of a weekend.