Promoting Adolescent Well-Being and Academic Performance through Mindfulness-based Emotion Regulation Skills Instruction

Start Date: 2014
Funders: U.S. Department of Education

Project Overview

The aim of this Goal 1 project is to complete the development and evaluation of the Learning to BREATHE (L2B) program, a curriculum designed to facilitate the development of attention and emotion regulation skills within the context of public high schools. Learning to BREATHE is presented in twelve class sessions that are linked to standards for health education and may be presented as a unit within regular classroom health curricula. The themes and practices in the curriculum are supported by a body of research that identifies emotion regulation skills and executive function as fundamental to personal, social, and academic success. This program fills a major gap in SEL programs by providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for high school students that can be used in the classroom and by exploring how to integrate SEL programs into existing structure and curricula of high school.

This project is being conducted in two public high schools in Central Pennsylvania with a sample of students (N=320) that represents the diverse socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic diversity of the general population in the area. The project will proceed in four phases: (1) Planning; (2) Implementation, Evaluation, and Refinement; (3) Pilot RCT; and (4) Data Analysis and Reporting. A major focus of the project is to develop an extensive training model for teachers and/or counselors to deliver the program within regular high school classes.

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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Jennifer Frank, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education, The Pennsylvania State University

Patricia Broderick, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University

Deborah Schussler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education, The Pennsylvania State University

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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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