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Therapeutic applications of mindfulness in paediatric settings

  • Carlos Carona, Helena Moreira and Neuza Silva

Summary

Mindfulness is a meditation practice defined as a specific way of paying attention. It has been adapted from Buddhist traditions to Western secular use (e.g. in stress reduction, health promotion, treatment of psychological disorders). Despite its widespread application in adult populations, mindfulness remains a neglected topic in the psychological interventions designed for children and adolescents with psychological disorders and/or chronic physical conditions. In paediatric settings, a parent-child perspective may be useful in facilitating processes of adaptation and in improving paediatric outcomes. However, the delivery of mindfulness interventions in paediatric settings raises a number of issues and challenges, which include the developmental appropriateness of mindfulness exercises, the introduction of a parent-child perspective, and specific considerations to condition, treatment and caregiving.

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Corresponding author

Carlos Carona, University of Coimbra, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, Cognitive and Behavioral Center for Research and Intervention, Rua do Colégio Novo – Apartado 6153, 3001–802 Coimbra, Portugal. Email: ccarona@fpce.uc.pt

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

• Be able to describe the therapeutic applications of mindfulness in paediatric settings, within a parent-child approach

• Understand age-specific considerations when developing mindfulness interventions for paediatric patients

• Be able to describe the potential benefits of mindfulness practice for parents of children with a chronic health condition or disability

DECLARATION OF INTEREST

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