Mindfulness Intervention in Education: Can we address cognitive and non-cognitive deficits of children in poverty at school?
This paper investigates the emerging field of mindfulness-based stress reduction for children, examining current programs to assess potential integration into schools serving children from low socioeconomic status families. It explores existing evidence and considers costs and benefits to evaluate how mindfulness-based programs might empower children in poverty to overcome their disadvantages. The central conclusions are that (1) the current practice exhibits its feasibility with school-age children, (2) teaching mindfulness to disadvantaged children can be effective in reducing adverse reactions to stressors, improving psychological well-being, fostering cognitive skill formation and in enhancing socio-emotional skill and that (3) significant obstacles and costs of the program in the context of poverty exist, but the probable potential that this tool may effectively narrow the education gaps render future expansion of experimental practice critical.
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