Initial Efficacy of a Community-Derived Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Latinx Parents and their Children


Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) may offer a means for Latinx families to ameliorate stress, enhance emotion regulation, and foster social support. We assessed pilot data from Latinx parents in Eastside Los Angeles (n = 27) matched with their children aged 10–16 (n = 32) to determine whether participation in a community-derived MBI was associated with greater improvements in dispositional mindfulness, perceived stress, emotion regulation, and family social support compared to a control condition. Compared to the control group, parents in the MBI group showed greater reductions in perceived stress scale (PSS) scores (B =  − 2.94, 95% CI [− 5.58, − 0.39], p = 0.029), while their children reported greater increases in perceived social support from family (B = 2.32, 95% CI [0.26, 4.38], p = 0.027). Findings show a community-derived MBI may improve stress in Latinx parents and social support for their children.

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This study was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (#1R24MD007978), the University of California, Los Angeles Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Global HIV Prevention Research NIMH grant 5T32MH080634-13, and National Institute of Mental Health (#P30MH058107). Thanks to the following staff and volunteers who made this project possible. From Bienestar: Frank Galvan, Carina Palacios, Flor Vindel, Ying-Tung Chen; From Legacy LA: Ruby Rivera, Sarah Reyes, Isaac Caldera, Jeanny Marroquin, Isabel Marquez, Martha Gonzalez, Marlene Arazo, Karina Licon, Evangeline Ordaz; From USC: Amy Rodriquez, Maryann Pentz, Tess Cruz, Jessica Tobin, Patricia Escobedo, James Thing, Jimi Huh, Donna Spruijt-Metz; and consultants: Michael Mata, Peter Hovmand, and Jill Kuhlberg.

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Li, M.J., Hardy, J., Calanche, L. et al. Initial Efficacy of a Community-Derived Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Latinx Parents and their Children. J Immigrant Minority Health (2021).

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  • Latinx
  • Mindfulness-based interventions
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Stress
  • Social support