New Study shows mindfulness practices could be a promising way to reduce the high costs to our society that result from the trauma adults experienced during childhood
Adults who were abused or neglected as children are known to have poorer health, but adults who tend to focus on and accept their reactions to the present moment—or are mindful—report having better health, regardless of their childhood adversity. These findings, to be published in the October issue of Preventive Medicine, are based on the first study ever conducted to examine the relationship between childhood adversity, mindfulness, and health.
Led by Robert Whitaker, professor of public health and pediatrics at Temple University, the researchers surveyed 2,160 adults working in Head Start, the nation’s largest federally-funded early childhood education program.
“Our results suggest that mindfulness may provide some resilience against the poor adult health outcomes that often result from childhood trauma,” he said. “Mindfulness training may help adults, including those with a history of childhood trauma, to improve their own well-being and be more effective with children.”
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