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Commentary Regarding Johnson et al. (2017) “A Randomized Controlled Evaluation of a Secondary School Mindfulness Program for Early Adolescents: Do We Have the Recipe Right Yet?”

  • Neil W. Bailey
  • Richard Chambers
  • Addie Wootten
  • Craig S. Hassed
Letter to the Editor

Recently, Johnson et al. (2017) published the results of a study examining the effect of a nine-lesson mindfulness intervention on adolescent mental health in schools in South Australia (“A randomized controlled evaluation of a secondary school mindfulness program for early adolescents: Do we have the recipe right yet?”). Their results indicated no change in anxiety, depression, weight/shape concerns, well-being, or mindfulness as a result of the mindfulness intervention at the intervention’s end, nor any changes at 6- or 12-month follow-up points. Their results were a replication of a null result in their previous study (Johnson et al. 2016“Effectiveness of a school-based mindfulness program for transdiagnostic prevention in young adolescents”). Their research was well conducted, including randomized control design, a very experienced mindfulness teacher, and sufficient power to detect meaningful effects. They also used a well-established mindfulness program adapted for use in...


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NWB, RC, and CSH have no conflicts to declare. AW is the CEO of Smiling Mind.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil W. Bailey
    • 1
  • Richard Chambers
    • 2
  • Addie Wootten
    • 3
  • Craig S. Hassed
    • 4
  1. 1.Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research CentreAlfred Hospital and Monash University, Central Clinical SchoolMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Campus Community DivisionMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Smiling MindMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Department of General PracticeMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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