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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 1/2022

12-11-2021 | ORIGINAL PAPER

A Qualitative Study of the LGBTQ+ Youth Affirmative Mindfulness Program for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Auteurs: Gio Iacono, Shelley L. Craig, Rachael Crowder, David J. Brennan, Emily K. Loveland

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 1/2022

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Abstract

Objectives

Sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY) experience disproportionate mental health disparities, and are often overlooked in mental health practice and research. Mindfulness and self-compassion interventions have been shown to improve mental health among youth, including anxiety and depression. This study sought to examine the utility of an adapted LGBTQ+-affirmative mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) for SGMY, introducing core mindfulness and self-compassion skills within a simulated MBI, and developing an adapted MBI.

Methods

SGMY (n = 30) provided feedback on the development of an adapted affirmative MBI via four focus groups and six individual interviews. Grounded theory was used to determine which specific adaptations to mindfulness and self-compassion practices would be beneficial.

Results

Three major themes emerged: (1) The importance of practicing mindfulness in an LGBTQ+-affirming context; (2) the importance of psychological safety when practicing mindfulness; (3) maintaining an explicit focus on self-compassion is essential for an LGBTQ+ youth affirmative mindfulness program.

Conclusions

SGMY found mindfulness and self-compassion practices beneficial and acceptable. Overarching themes suggest that (1) SGMY may benefit from an affirmative MBI and (2) they would like to make use of mindfulness to address stressors and foster self-compassion.
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Metagegevens
Titel
A Qualitative Study of the LGBTQ+ Youth Affirmative Mindfulness Program for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth
Auteurs
Gio Iacono
Shelley L. Craig
Rachael Crowder
David J. Brennan
Emily K. Loveland
Publicatiedatum
12-11-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 1/2022
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-021-01787-2