Effects of a Mindful Parenting Workshop for Parents of Adolescents and Young Adults Following Social Unrest in Hong Kong

Herman Hay Ming LO, Cherry Hiu Lin TAM, Elsa Nga Sze LAU, So Wa NGAI, Sunny Ho Wan CHAN, Bobby Fook Hin LEUNG, Emma Ting WONG, Elisabeth Wai Yin WONG, Oi Chi Gloria WONG, Wan Chi CHO, Alfret Wai Kiu TSANG, Nirbhay N. SINGH

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Abstract

Objectives
The social unrest that began in Hong Kong in 2019 became a threat to public mental health, such as for depression and post-traumatic stress disorders. A supportive family environment is the most effective protective factor for mental health problems for young people who are exposed to conflict and violence. This study investigated the outcomes of a brief mindful parenting workshop on parent mental health and family functioning.

Methods
Using a randomized controlled trial design, 54 parents of adolescents and young adults were randomized into intervention group and waitlist control group. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress symptoms, negative emotions, family functioning, and family conflicts were measured at baseline (pretest), following training, and at 3-month follow-up.

Results
We found a significant improvement in family functioning among parents in the intervention group when compared to those parents in the control group (F [1, 51] = 4.41, p = .04). When we further controlled the child-initiated physical conflict as covariate, a significant reduction of self-rated levels of depressive symptoms was found in the parents from the intervention group when compared to the parents in the control group (F [1, 49] = 5.14, p = .03).

Conclusions
We found preliminary evidence that a brief mindful parenting workshop can strengthen parent and family mental health at times of social unrest.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalMindfulness
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Area Region, Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (Special Round) (SR2020.A6.004).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Mindful parenting
  • Mindfulness-based intervention
  • Parents
  • Social unrest

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