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Testing the Feasibility of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention With Underserved Adolescents at Risk for Depression

Young, Cara C., PhD, RN, FNP-C; Minami, Haruka, PhD; Aguilar, Rodolfo, RN; Brown, Richard A., PhD

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000295

This study tested the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effects of a mindfulness-based intervention with at-risk adolescents from a predominantly Hispanic/Latino community. Seven adolescents (57% female, 85% Hispanic/Latino) completed the mindfulness-based intervention, demonstrating feasibility, and reported acceptability as well as sustained improvements in depressive symptoms, perceived stress, and self-esteem.

The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing (Drs Young and Brown and Mr Aguilar); and Department of Psychology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York (Dr Minami).

Correspondence: Cara C. Young, PhD, RN, FNP-C, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, 1710 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (

Partial funding for this project was awarded to Dr Young by The University of Texas at Austin's Office of the Vice President of Research. Dr Young was PI of this study. Coauthors Drs Minami and Brown and Mr Aguilar were involved in various aspects of the study from conceptualization to data analysis. Dr Young drafted the primary manuscript, and all coauthors provided critical review and substantive comments on early drafts. The authors particularly thank the staff at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing's Children's Wellness Center and the adolescents and parents who participated in this study.

Dr Richard A. Brown is CEO and receives equity shares in Health Behavior Solutions, Inc, a company that promotes products and services for health behavior change. The business interests of Health Behavior Solutions, Inc, relate to the topic of this study. Other authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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