10-04-2018 | Letter to the Editor
Commentary Regarding Johnson et al. (2017) “A Randomized Controlled Evaluation of a Secondary School Mindfulness Program for Early Adolescents: Do We Have the Recipe Right Yet?”
Neil W. Bailey, Richard Chambers, Addie Wootten, Craig S. Hassed
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Recently, Johnson et al. (
) published the results of a study examining the effect of a nine-lesson mindfulness intervention on adolescent mental health in schools in South Australia (“A randomized controlled evaluation of a secondary school mindfulness program for early adolescents: Do we have the recipe right yet?”). Their results indicated no change in anxiety, depression, weight/shape concerns, well-being, or mindfulness as a result of the mindfulness intervention at the intervention’s end, nor any changes at 6- or 12-month follow-up points. Their results were a replication of a null result in their previous study (Johnson et al.
“Effectiveness of a school-based mindfulness program for transdiagnostic prevention in young adolescents”). Their research was well conducted, including randomized control design, a very experienced mindfulness teacher, and sufficient power to detect meaningful effects. They also used a well-established mindfulness program adapted for use in schools (the .b program). …