Date of Award
Master of Science
Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Mindfulness based intervention (MBI) orients a person’s attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. The primary goal is to address verbal behavior deficits and increase psychological flexibility. Extensive research has found MBI’s to be successful in treating symptoms of depression, chronic pain, coping with psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorder, and mixed anxiety disorders. MBI research in neuro-typical children and adolescents, along with its effect on executive functioning, is lacking. An MBI curriculum targeted toward children and adolescents is Accept Identify Move (AIM). AIM integrates mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The purpose of the present study was to conduct an AIM intervention in a group setting. A randomized control trial including twenty typically developing children, between the ages of six and thirteen, was conducted. The intervention group received six thirty-minute sessions of AIM across three weeks. The control group participated in their after-school community center activities as usual. Pre and post-test measures were conducted to assess psychological flexibility and executive functioning. A 2x2 mixed ANOVA found statistically significant results for the executive functioning task, Digit Span (p<.05). Statistically significant results were not found for the three additional dependent measures. Results and implications are discussed.
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