Mindfulness in Schools: Evidence on the Impacts of School-Based Mindfulness Programs on Student Outcomes in P–12 Educational Settings
Robert W. Roeser, Brian M. Galla, & Rebecca N. Baelen; The Pennsylvania State University
This research brief looks at what currently known about the impacts of school-based mindfulness programs (SBMPs) on student outcomes. The analysis examines 54 research studies conducted between 2000 and 2019.
The analysis finds that SBMPs improve students’ mindfulness and self-regulation skills. Further, there is promising evidence that these programs reduce students’ feelings of anxiety and depression, support their physical health, and assist them in engaging in healthy relationships with others. Finally, the brief offers considerations for practitioners who are thinking of implementing an SBMP.