School-based mindfulness intervention supports adolescent resiliency: A randomized controlled pilot study

Joshua C. Felver, Adam J. Clawson, Melissa L. Morton, Erica Brier-Kennedy, Pamela Janack, Robert A. DiFlorio

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This research evaluated the effects of a seven-session mindfulness intervention, Learning to BREATHE, on an ethnically diverse at-risk high school student sample. Two classrooms were randomly assigned to intervention or normal health-education programming. Results indicated significant effects to self-reported psychosocial resilience, with students receiving the intervention reporting stable levels of resilience over time and students in the control condition reporting significant reductions. Intervention groups did not evidence change to self-reported psychosocial problem behavior, school attendance, and quarterly academic grades. Findings suggest that MBI may offer an effective strategy for enhancing student dispositional resilience, and suggestions for further research are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-122
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of School and Educational Psychology
Issue numbersup1
StatePublished - Dec 20 2019


  • adolescent
  • contemplative
  • mindfulness
  • psychosocial functioning
  • resiliency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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