Initial Efficacy of a Community-Derived Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Latinx Familes

Latinx families in the US are particularly open to stressors such as acculturation challenges, immigration status, socioeconomic disadvantage, and discrimination that can negatively impact health. Because of this, mental health interventions incorporating both parent and child policies are particularly important to offsetting such negative effects. In this study co-authored by PISC Senior Scholar Ricky Bluthenthal, mindfulness-based interventions are pinpointed as a specific mental health intervention that can improve parent-child stress. Assessing pilot data from families in Eastside Los Angeles, the study found that participation in a community-based mindfulness-based interventions resulted in perceived stress reductions and greater perceived social support of children from their families. The findings imply the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions, especially community-based ones, on improving Latinx mental health.

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