The effectiveness of mindfulness training for children with ADHD and mindful parenting for their parents
van der Oord, S., Bögels, S. M., & Peijnenburg, D. (2012). The effectiveness of mindfulness training for children with ADHD and mindful parenting for their parents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21(1), 139–147. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-011-9457-0
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In this study, researchers evaluated the effectiveness of an 8-week mindfulness training for children aged 8–12 and parents (who received a mindful parenting training) in Amsterdam, Netherlands with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Childhood (birth - 12 yrs)
School age (6 - 12 yrs)
van der Oord, Saskia, Bögels, Susan M., Peijnenburg, Dorreke
This study evaluated the effectiveness of an 8-week mindfulness training for children aged 8–12 with ADHD and parallel mindful parenting training for their parents. Parents (N = 22) completed questionnaires on their child’s ADHD and ODD symptoms, their own ADHD symptoms, parenting stress, parental overreactivity, permissiveness and mindful awareness before, immediately after the 8-week training and at 8-week follow-up. Teachers reported on ADHD and ODD behavior of the child. A within-group waitlist was used to control for the effects of time and repeated measurement. Training was delivered in group format. There were no significant changes between wait-list and pre-test, except on the increase of teacher-rated ODD behavior. There was a significant reduction of parent-rated ADHD behavior of themselves and their child from pre-to posttest and from pre- to follow-up test. Further, there was a significant increase of mindful awareness from pre-to posttest and a significant reduction of parental stress and overreactivity from pre-to follow-up test. Teacher-ratings showed non-significant effects. Our study shows preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness for children with ADHD and their parents, as rated by parents. However, in the absence of substantial effects on teacher-ratings, we cannot ascertain effects are due to specific treatment procedures.
University of Leuven, SVDO
Research Institute Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam, SMB
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, child, mindful parenting, mindfulness, treatment
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