Mindfulness as a Protective Factor in Adolescent Victimisation
Mindfulness as a Protective Factor in Peer Victimisation
Peer victimisation, such as bullying experiences, are associated with numerous mental health and behavioural struggles during childhood and adolescence. Identifying the factors that can be protective against such victimisation may help to elucidate more precise developmental models for the role of victimisation in behavioural and mental health. Happily, this new study does just that :)
This study tested projective associations between peer victimisation and a disposition of mindfulness, defined as non-judgemental and accepting awareness of the stream of lived experience, in early adolescence. 152 students participated in a social-emotional learning intervention trails. As predicted by researchers, baseline levels of victimisation predicted lower levels of mindfulness four months after testing, whilst baseline mindfulness did not predict victimisation. Researchers concluded that their results may reflect victimised youth’s mindful awareness being repeatedly diverted away from the present moment due to thoughts of prior victimisation or possible future victimisation. Implications include implementing mindful awareness practices as an intervention strategy for victimised youth in order to restore the promotive and potentially protective factor of mindfulness. We think this sounds like a great idea!