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ERIC Number: EJ1181817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3085
Enhancing Executive Function Skills in Preschoolers through a Mindfulness-Based Intervention: A Randomized, Controlled Pilot Study
Wood, Laura; Roach, Andrew T.; Kearney, Moriah A.; Zabek, Faith
Psychology in the Schools, v55 n6 p644-660 Jul 2018
Executive functions (EFs) develop rapidly in preschoolers and lay an important foundation for school readiness. One potential method of supporting EF development is through mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs). Whereas studies with older children and adults have supported this approach, research with young children has been more limited. In the current study, we evaluated the effectiveness, acceptability, and feasibility of "Mini-Mind," a 12-session MBI created specifically for preschoolers. We used a randomized controlled design in a sample of 27 (intervention n = 12) preschoolers (3-5 years old). The evaluation included indirect measures of EF skills completed by teachers who were blinded to the experimental condition of the students. Additionally, parents, teachers, children, and facilitators provided feedback about the acceptability and feasibility of the intervention. Findings revealed mostly nonsignificant, small-to-medium effects in favor of the intervention group on indirect measures of EF skills. Furthermore, "Mini-Mind" was rated as highly feasible and acceptable by children and stakeholders. Overall, the findings support the implementation and continued evaluation of "Mini-Mind" in more diverse settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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