Support and evidence...

Research

Mindfulness practice has been supported for the past 30 years with compelling scientific evidence that supports a wide range of potential benefits from improving mental and physical health to encouraging pro-social behaviour.   A few studies have been included here but a simple Google search (Google Scholar) can lead you to a vast amount of further research.

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Research

Mindfulness practice has been supported for the past 30 years with compelling scientific evidence that supports a wide range of potential benefits from improving mental and physical health to encouraging pro-social behaviour.   A few studies have been included here but a simple Google search (Google Scholar) can lead you to a vast amount of further research.

- Adults -

Well-Being:

 

The Benefits of Being Present: Mindfulness and Its Role in Psychological Well-Being

Kirk Warren Brown and Richard M. Ryan

 

“Mindfulness is a reliably and validly measured characteristic that has a significant role to play in a variety of aspects of mental health."

Immune Function

 

Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation.

Davidson RJ1, Kabat-Zinn J, Schumacher J, Rosenkranz M, Muller D, Santorelli SF, Urbanowski F, Harrington A, Bonus K, Sheridan JF.

 

“a short program in mindfulness meditation produces demonstrable effects on brain and immune function. These findings suggest that meditation may change brain and immune function in positive ways.”

Depression/Anxiety:

 

Meditation effective in treating anxiety, depression, Hopkins research suggests

 

”…moderate evidence of improvement in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and pain after participants underwent what was typically an eight-week training program in mindfulness meditation”

- Children -

Stress:

 

School-Based Mindfulness Instruction: An RCT  (Randomized Controlled Trial)

Erica M.S. Sibinga, MD, MHS,a Lindsey Webb, MS,a Sharon R. Ghazarian, PhD,a Jonathan M. Ellen, MDa,b

 

“As we continue to learn that many adult diseases have their roots in childhood exposure to stress and trauma, it is essential to intervene with primary prevention strategies to reduce their negative effects among children and youth."

Learning:

 

Mindfulness Meditation May Lessen Anxiety, Promote Social Skills, and Improve Academic Performance Among Adolescents With Learning Disabilities

Beauchemin, Hutchins and Patterson (2008)

 

"This pilot study used a pre—post no-control design to examine feasibility of, attitudes toward, and outcomes of a 5-week mindfulness meditation intervention administered to 34 adolescents diagnosed with LD."

Executive Function:

 

Effects of Mindful Awareness Practices on Executive Functions in Elementary School Children

 

“Participation in a mindful awareness practices program was associated with improvements in behavioral regulation, metacognition, overall EF, and specific domains of EF based on teacher and parent report."