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School-Based Mindfulness Program May Help Urban Children Deal With Negative Stress

Many urban youth are repeatedly exposed to significant negative stressors including violence, poverty, and substance use. A study published last week in Pediatrics suggests that a school-based mindfulness program may ameliorate some of the effects of these stressors and improve social and behavioral functioning.Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine randomly assigned 300 middle school students (grades 5 through 8) from two Baltimore City Public Schools to participate in a 12-week mindfulness-based stress-reduction (MBSR) program or a standard health education program covering such topics as nutrition, exercise, and adolescence, during...


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Published By: Psychiatric News - Monday, 21 December, 2015

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