Mindfulness as a Protective Factor in Adolescent Victimisation

Mindfulness as a Protective Factor in Peer Victimisation

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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!

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS