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UCLA Kind Mind’s Program

The Kind Minds Program (KMP) is a study to test the effects of a mindfulness program on well-being and resilience in teens ages 12-17. This program takes about 12 weeks to complete. During that time, teens who end up participating in the study will be asked to complete surveys online and interviews with researchers over phone or Zoom. Teens may earn up to $250 in Target gift cards for these parts of the study. Those who are eligible to be in the study will get free access to mindfulness practices using their smartphone or computer. All eligible teens will get access to the mindfulness program during the study, and will also get a mindfulness coach. The coaches will meet with teens (one-on-one) on Zoom for 30 minutes, once a week, for 9 weeks. This would be scheduled at a time that is convenient for your teen. The mindfulness coaches will teach teens about how stress affects the brain and body, and various mindfulness practices. In the Kind Minds Program, parents/caregivers are participants as well. 

In order for a teen to participate in Kind Minds, a parent/caregiver must be eligible to participate and willing to try the mindfulness program, including coaching sessions and practicing mindfulness. Parents/caregivers will be randomly split into two groups: in one group they will be asked to participate in the mindfulness program, and in the other they will not. Both groups will be asked to complete questionnaires and interviews during the study.

Mindfulness is basically practicing being more aware of yourself, your thoughts and feelings, and your surroundings without being judgmental. Practicing mindfulness involves things like catching yourself getting stuck in negative thoughts and purposely switching to thinking about things you’re grateful for, or noticing when you are tense and stressed out and focusing on your breathing to calm down. Mindfulness helps people in different ways. Some teens who practice mindfulness find that it helps them handle stress more calmly, focus better, or even sleep better. It also helps some teens with relationships with friends and family.

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