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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24228

Title: Mindfulness Training for Adolescents with Learning Disabilities
Authors: Haydicky, Jillian
Advisor: Wiener, Judith
Department: Human Development and Applied Psychology
Keywords: Mindfulness
Learning Disabilities
ADHD
anxiety
Issue Date: 5-Apr-2010
Abstract: The current study evaluated the impact of a 20-week mindfulness training program on executive function, internalizing and externalizing behaviour, and social skills in a clinical sample of adolescent boys with learning disabilities (LD). Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA) is a manualized group treatment program incorporating elements of mindfulness meditation, cognitive behavioural therapy, and mixed martial arts. Sixty-five boys (ages 12 – 18) with LD were assigned to the MMA or waitlist control group (WL). Adolescents and their parents completed standardized questionnaires before and after training. Analysis of adolescents with distinct clinical profiles showed promising effects. Compared to the WL group, MMA participants with co-occurring ADHD improved on parent-rated externalizing behaviour, oppositional defiant problems, and conduct problems. Boys with elevated hyperactive/impulsive symptomotology improved on parent-rated social problems and monitoring skills. Boys with elevated anxiety reported decreased anxiety. MMA shows promise as an alternative treatment option for youth with LD and co-occurring difficulties.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24228
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