Parenting Mindfully Study

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Parenting Mindfully Study

**Recruiting for the Parenting Mindfully Study has been completed**

Parenting Mindfully Study

Mindfulness programs are courses designed to increase mindful awareness, reduce stress and improve enjoyment of life. Mindfulness-based programs have been extensively researched and shown to significantly reduce stress and stress-related disorders (such as headaches, depression), and improve quality of life in adults. Our program, the Parenting Mindfully Program, is one of the first to use this powerful mindfulness program to reduce parents’ stress, improve parent-child relationships, and help prevent problems that many adolescents face. The Parenting Mindfully Program uses cutting-edge mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve parent-child relationships by: helping parents reduce stress, helping parents to be more ‘present’ with their child, and helping parents to show compassion for themselves and for their child

Specifics of Our Study

In our study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we will randomly (by chance) assign parents to participate in the Parenting Mindfully (PM) program (a FREE 8-week course) or a Parent Education program. The PM program meets once per week for 2 hours and each session includes: quiet meditation and relaxation, activities to increase mindful awareness in everyday life and in parenting, and discussion of mindfulness. Before and after the program, we ask parents and their teens to complete questionnaires and interviews for 2 hours. Each family earns $200 for these assessment sessions. We also ask parents and teens to complete follow-up questionnaires 6 months and 1 year following the program, for $50 each.