Pilot study to gauge acceptability of a mindfulness-based, family-focused preventive Intervention

Larissa G. Duncan, J. Douglas Coatsworth, Mark T. Greenberg

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The purpose of the present study was to conduct a test of acceptability of a new model for family-focused drug prevention programs for families of early adolescents. An existing evidence-based behavioral intervention, the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP), was adapted to include concepts and activities related to mindfulness and mindful parenting (an extension of mindfulness to the interpersonal domain of parent-child relationships). The foundation for this innovative intervention approach stems from research on the effects of mind-body treatments involving mindfulness meditation and the function of stress and coping in relation to parenting and parent well-being. One group of families participated in a seven-week pilot of this mindfulness-enhanced version of SFP. Results of a mixed-method implementation evaluation suggest that the new intervention activities were generally feasible to deliver, acceptable to participants, and perceived to yield positive benefits for family functioning and parent psychological well-being. The next phase of this research will involve curriculum refinement based upon results of this initial study, and a larger pilot efficacy trial will be conducted. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-618
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Primary Prevention
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009


  • Adolescence
  • Family
  • Mindful parenting
  • Mindfulness
  • Preventive intervention


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