METHODS: Participants (n=33) attended a 60-90 minute, weekly mindful parenting sessions for eight weeks. Participants ranged in age from 19 to 55 years (M=32.2; 82% African American, 13% Multiracial; 85% Female; 85% income below $50,000) and had children between 0-5 years. Data was collected at two time points (pre-intervention and post-intervention) on parenting, stress and well-being/mental health symptoms.
RESULTS: On average, participants experienced a significant decrease in parental distress, t(32)=2.65, p=.01, d=.33, total parenting stress, t(32)=2.03, p=.05, d=.26, sleep disturbance, t(32)=3.00, p=.01, d=.50, negative affect, t(32)=2.31, p=.03, d=.49, depression symptoms, t(32)=3.72, p=.00, d=.64, anxiety symptoms, t(32)=2.46, p=.02, d=.55 and traumatic stress symptoms, t(32)=2.55, p=.02, d=.57. In addition, participants experienced a significant increase in mindful discipline, t(32)=-2.17, p=.04, d=.21, parenting support, t(32)=-2.86, p=.01, d=.44, and positive affect, t(32)=-2.08, p=.05, d=.28.
CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate promising potential effects of mindful parenting intervention in improving parental mental health and wellbeing and parent-child relationship quality. Findings support the application and feasibility of conducting mindful parenting groups with families experiencing poverty and stress. Additional findings from our fifth and sixth mindful parenting group will be available at time of conference to further replicate these findings.