Conceptualizing the key processes of Mindful Parenting and its application to youth mental health

Townshend, Kishani (2016) Conceptualizing the key processes of Mindful Parenting and its application to youth mental health. Australasian Psychiatry, 24 (6). pp. 575-577.

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Objective: Youth mental health disorders are rising across the world. Mindful Parenting could be a potential tool to promote youth mental health. The primary distinction between Mindful Parenting programs and other behavioral parenting programs is the focus on emotional literacy and compassion. However, this emerging field has gaps in its theory and evidence. In order to objectively evaluate the impact of Mindful Parenting, it is important to identify how it promotes change. This theoretical paper aims to articulate the key change processes of Mindful Parenting that promote positive outcomes.

Method: A literature review was conducted to synthesize the change processes outlined by different authors in the field.

Results: Key processes argued to promote Mindful Parenting were aligned with five main categories, namely attention, intention, attitude, attachment and emotion. More specifically the change processes were listening, emotional awareness, emotional regulation, attentional regulation, attunement, attention to variability, intentionality, reperceiving, compassion and non-judgmental acceptance.

Conclusions: This preliminary analysis attempted to understand how Mindful Parenting fosters change and transformation. Whilst there are numerous change processes, the essence of Mindful Parenting appears to be the ability to be responsive to a child's needs.

Item ID: 44525
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1665
Keywords: mindfulness, parenting, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, interpersonal communication
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 03:54
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
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