Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliot, Nathan


Mindfulness is a concept that has been around for hundreds of years dating back to 3000B.C. However, as of recent it has reached our youth and adolescents in education and elsewhere. Mindfulness–Based Training involving young children and adolescents has been a relatively new topic of research over the past ten years. The context of this research paper was to examine published, empirical, peer-reviewed studies that analyze the impact Mindfulness-Based Training programs have in regard to behavior and academic achievement on youth and adolescents. The focus on behavior is to determine if Mindfulness-Based Training can positively influence behavior concerns with regard to attention, anxiety, stress, and pro-social behavior (social skills) specifically. Few studies in the research specifically examine academics and how they can be impacted by Mindfulness-Based Training. The research questions focused on how does Mindfulness-Based Training impact youth and adolescents? How does Mindfulness-Based Training impact behavior in young children and adolescents? What are the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Training on academic achievement in youth and adolescents? The research supports a hypothesis that Mindfulness-Based Training programs can positively impact learners behaviorally. The limited research also supports the hypothesis that Mindfulness-Based Training programs can positively impact our youth and adolescents academical

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis