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.
CitationLo, 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
- Mindfulness-based intervention
- Mindful parenting
- Social unrest