Clinical Perspective

An adolescent’s subjective experiences of mindfulness

  • Carey-Ann Dellbridge
  • Carien Lubbe

Abstract

An adolescent’s subjective experiences of mindfulness were explored in a single case study of a 17-yearold female. Data were created by means of ‘mindfulness sessions’, unstructured interviews, creative expression, journals and field notes. The data were analysed and interpreted using a combination of typological and interpretive analysis strategies. Findings are presented within a conceptual framework of mindfulness derived by the main author from the literature review. Five themes emerged from the data in relation to the conceptual framework applied, namely present-centered awareness and attention, attitude and heart qualities, self-regulation, universalism and mindlessness. Overall findings suggest firstly that the participant subjectively experienced mindfulness as being predominantly task-oriented. Secondly, it appears that the participant experienced personal growth and development in terms of her understanding and practice of mindfulness. These findings could make a potential contribution towards qualitative research on mindfulness, and research on how mindfulness could possibly apply to an adolescent. Studies have shown mindfulness to be a potentially promising intervention and  uality to be cultivated in the development of well-being. The study is thus significant in the context of positive psychology and a move towards more holistic health and well-being.

Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2009, 21(2): 167–180

Author Biographies

Carey-Ann Dellbridge
Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, All Purpose Building C114, Groenkloof Campus, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
Carien Lubbe
Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, All Purpose Building C114, Groenkloof Campus, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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