Children’s Perceptions of Mindfulness Classes

Scientific Journals International
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Journal Article
Journal of Education and Human Development, 2019, 8 (2), pp. 29 - 41
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Previous research has not consulted children regarding their own open–ended opinions and views on the acceptability of Mindfulness. Therefore, we conducted a pilot study determining children's (n=5 girls, n=4 boys; mean age = 10 years and 4 months) feedback of Mindfulness sessions, utilizing the Smiling Mind Application for 10-12-year-old children. Children completed a written questionnaire after each mindfulness session to gauge their perceptions of the quality of class delivery, including a personal evaluation of the content of the Application. The main themes to arise from the qualitative data showed that participants reported feeling heightened calmness, a more relaxed state and greater mental focus. All but one participant would recommend the Mindfulness program to a friend. However, the older children amongst the group did not find Mindfulness to be as acceptable and appealing as the younger participants and questioned the App's suitability and maturity level. Children‟s feedback on the App differed from published reviews of similar products previously conducted by adults. The findings suggest that careful selection of App content for Mindfulness–based classes is recommended to suit children's preferences and maturity, especially for those groups reaching the upper primary levels.
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