Effects of a mindful parenting workshop for parents of adolescents and young adults following social unrest in Hong Kong

Herman Hay Ming LO, Ngar Sze Elsa LAU, Cherry Hiu Lin TAM, So Wa NGAI, Sunny Ho Wan CHAN, Bobby Fook Hin LEUNG, Emma Ting WONG, Elisabeth Wai Yin WONG, Gloria Oi Chi WONG, Wan Chi CHO, Alfert Wai Kiu TSANG, Nirbhay N. SINGH

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Abstract

Objectives   The social unrest that began in Hong Kong in 2019 became a threat to public mental health, such as for depression and post-traumatic stress disorders. A supportive family environment is the most effective protective factor for mental health problems for young people who are exposed to conflict and violence. This study investigated the outcomes of a brief mindful parenting workshop on parent mental health and family functioning.
Methods   Using a randomized controlled trial design, 54 parents of adolescents and young adults were randomized into intervention group and waitlist control group. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress symptoms, negative emotions, family functioning, and family conflicts were measured at baseline (pretest), following training, and at 3-month follow-up.
Results   We found a significant improvement in family functioning among parents in the intervention group when compared to those parents in the control group (F [1, 51] = 4.41, p = .04). When we further controlled the child-initiated physical conflict as covariate, a significant reduction of self-rated levels of depressive symptoms was found in the parents from the intervention group when compared to the parents in the control group (F [1, 49] = 5.14, p = .03).
Conclusions   We found preliminary evidence that a brief mindful parenting workshop can strengthen parent and family mental health at times of social unrest. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248–261
JournalMindfulness
Volume13
Issue number1
Early online date02 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Citation

Lo, H. H. M., Lau, E. N. S., Tam, C. H. L., Ngai, S. W., Chan, S. H. W., Leung, B. F. H., . . . Singh, N. N. (2022). Effects of a mindful parenting workshop for parents of adolescents and young adults following social unrest in Hong Kong. Mindfulness, 13(1), 248–261. doi: 10.1007/s12671-021-01790-7

Keywords

  • Mindfulness-based intervention
  • Mindful parenting
  • Parents
  • Adolescents
  • Social unrest

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