Efficacy Trial of a Mindfulness Enhanced Strengthening Families Program

Start Date: 2009
Funder: National Institutes of Health

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Project Overview

This study proposes to test the efficacy of a Mindfulness-enhanced version of the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) within a randomized study that will also attempt to replicate and extend research findings for SFP 10-14.

The SFP 10-14 program is an evidence-based program with demonstrated effects on parenting practices and youth problem behaviors. Studies have typically produced effects in the small to medium range, suggesting the potential for enhanced effects with modifications. We will also extend the research on SFP 10-14 by examining the effects of the program on adolescent early sexual behavior.

Mindfulness techniques have become a useful tool within the treatment arena and have been incorporated into intrapersonal treatments for a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, physical health ailments and alcohol abuse. Techniques have also been used to enhance adult wellness and strengthen interpersonal relationships in married couples. We propose that mindfulness is also useful within the interpersonal context of parenting.

Project Team

Mark T. Greenberg, Ph.D.

Founding Director, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, and Professor of Human Development and Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
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Mark Feinberg, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Prevention Research Center
The Pennsylvania State University
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Robert Nix, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Prevention Research Center
The Pennsylvania State University
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Larissa Duncan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
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Elaine Berrena

Research Technologist, Prevention Research Center
The Pennsylvania State University
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