Effects of a mindfulness-based groupwork program on adolescents in a children's home

Author: Irmak Atak1, Taner Artan2
1 Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Family and Social Services, UNEC Social Work and Social Innovations Research Center, Azerbaijan State University of Economics, Baku, Azerbaijan, Istanbul, Türkiye.
2 Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Social Work, UNEC Social Work and Social Innovations Research Center, Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Conference/Journal: Soc Work Health Care
Date published: 2024 Jan 13
Other: Pages: 1-20 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1080/00981389.2024.2302631. , Word Count: 203

Mindfulness means being in the present, intentionally and without any judgment. Mindfulness helps people cope with challenging experiences such as trauma. Children's Homes in Türkiye are institutions that provide social care to young people with past traumatic experiences. This study aims at evaluating the effects of a mindfulness-based (MB) groupwork program with a group of residents in a Children's Home. An experimental pretest-posttest control group design was used. An eight-session MB training program was implemented with 21 female adolescents. There were 29 female adolescents in the control group. The MB groupwork program significantly increased the mindfulness levels of the group. However, its effect on the other variables could not be determined at a significant level. There were positive correlations between mindfulness, life satisfaction and subjective happiness, and a negative correlation with perceived stress. The results of this study showed that MB interventions increase mindfulness levels of adolescents in a Children's Home setting in Türkiye. Secondly, as mindfulness increased, life satisfaction and subjective happiness also increased while perceived stress decreased. MB interventions are recommended to be used in social work interventions with different groups since it can contribute to subjective well-being.

Keywords: Mindfulness; adolescence; life satisfaction; perceived stress; social work; subjective happiness.

PMID: 38217519 DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2024.2302631