Mindful High Schools


Teen Meditating

Research Team: Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Jenna Whitehead, Jacqueline Maloney, and Karen Forsyth

Participants: 16 to 18 year olds (grades 11 and 12)

Location: Vancouver School Board

Description: In 2014, we conducted a feasibility study to investigate the potential of integrating mindfulness practices and yoga into an alternative high school program developed for students who were at risk for dropping out of high school. We collected data using self-report surveys on social-emotional competencies, mindful awareness, and self-compassion. Additionally, students completed Affect Grids before and after each mindfulness practice to track their mood and energy levels. They also took part in computer tasks to measure executive functions and completed a consumer satisfaction survey at the end of the study.  Data analyses are underway.

Phase two of this study will involve conducting one-on-one interviews with high school educators who employ mindfulness practices in the classroom. Interviews will take place through out the 2014/2015 school year.