Meditation, Mindfulness, and Yoga with Juvenile Delinquents

Facilities are experimenting with teaching meditation, mindfulness, and yoga to detained youth, and some findings are being formalized in academic research papers.  An example was published in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention‘s Journal of Juvenile Justice, Internet-Based Mindfulness Mediation and Self-regulation: A Randomized Trial with Juvenile Justice Involved Youth, by Michelle Evans-Chase (Fall 2013).  In that trial, the “findings support (a) the use of Internet-based mindfulness meditation as a method of fostering the development of self-regulation in incarcerated youth, and (b) the use of age as a moderator in analyses of treatment effects when outcomes are self-regulatory in nature (i.e. delinquency).”  The Internet-based mediations that were used can be found on Dharma Punx website, which incorporates the teachings of Noah Levine, who is a Buddhist teacher, author and master’s-level counselor.

Peace on the Inside by Keith Kachtick and Diane Anderson (Yoga Journal) also discusses the use of yoga and meditation with youth in detention facilitates and prisons.  The end of the article notes various projects around the country, including The Art of Yoga Project for incarcerated girls and the Mind Body Awareness Project.

The Indiana Department of Correction, Division of Youth Services (DYS) has also experimented with teaching yoga to detained youth, and have seen good results, according to Mark Kniola, the DYS Program Director.

The post Meditation, Mindfulness, and Yoga with Juvenile Delinquents was first published on the Indiana Juvenile Justice Blog.

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