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Systematic review of meditation-based interventions for children with ADHD

Evans, Subhadra, Ling, Mathew, Hill, Briony, Rinehart, Nicole, Austin, David and Sciberras, Emma 2017, Systematic review of meditation-based interventions for children with ADHD, European child and adolescent psychiatry, pp. 1-19, doi: 10.1007/s00787-017-1008-9.

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Title Systematic review of meditation-based interventions for children with ADHD
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra
Ling, MathewORCID iD for Ling, Mathew
Hill, BrionyORCID iD for Hill, Briony
Rinehart, NicoleORCID iD for Rinehart, Nicole
Austin, DavidORCID iD for Austin, David
Sciberras, EmmaORCID iD for Sciberras, Emma
Journal name European child and adolescent psychiatry
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2017-05-25
ISSN 1435-165X
Keyword(s) ADHD
Summary Meditation-based interventions such as mindfulness and yoga are commonly practiced in the general community to improve mental and physical health. Parents, teachers and healthcare providers are also increasingly using such interventions with children. This review examines the use of meditation-based interventions in the treatment of children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Electronic databases searched included PsycINFO, Medline, CINAHL, and AMED. Inclusion criteria involved children (aged to 18 years) diagnosed with ADHD, delivery of a meditation-based intervention to children and/or parents, and publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Studies were identified and coded using standard criteria, risk of bias was assessed using Risk of Bias in Non-randomised Studies- of interventions (ROBINS-I), and effect sizes were calculated. A total of 16 studies were identified (8 that included children in treatment, and 8 that included combined parent-child treatment). Results indicated that risk of bias was high across studies. At this stage, no definitive conclusions can be offered regarding the utility of meditation-based interventions for children with ADHD and/or their parents, since the methodological quality of the studies reviewed is low. Future well designed research is needed to establish the efficacy of meditation-based interventions, including commonly used practices such as mindfulness, before recommendations can be made for children with ADHD and their families.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s00787-017-1008-9
Field of Research 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
1103 Clinical Sciences
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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