Feasibility of a mindfulness-based intervention to address youth issues in Vietnam

Thao N. Le, Don T. Trieu
2014 Health Promotion International  
Youth problems including risky sex, drug use, violence and mental health issues are on the rise in Vietnam. Mindfulness is proposed as one way to address unskillful responses to stress that give rise to these behavioral and psychosocial issues in Vietnam. This study explores the feasibility of a mindfulness program for adolescents and young adults in a central city in Vietnam. The mindfulness-based intervention was comprised 1-h daily session over 3 weeks that was conducted at two different
more » ... t two different sites, one with handicapped adolescents/young adults at the Vocational School for Handicapped and the other with atrisk youth at a semi-private high school. Forty-two Vietnamese youth participants and five Vietnamese teachers/facilitators who were trained in the mindfulness program provided personal reflections of their experiences. Analyses of the qualitative data suggest that mindfulness was enthusiastically received and accepted by both youth and teachers. There is strong indication that mindfulness is promising as a prevention strategy to help with stress and to build important life skills among Vietnamese youth.
doi:10.1093/heapro/dau101 pmid:25452422 fatcat:x5c5xpwh55daxfxlrzgu7ksska