Effectiveness of Child-Centered Mindfulness on Social Skills and Self-Efficacy of Children with Learning Disabilities

Mozhgan Ghasemi Bistagani, Fahime Najafi, Mozhgan Bistagani
unpublished
ORIGINAL ARTICLE Background: The present study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of child-centered mindfulness on social skills and self-efficacy of children with learning disabilities. Methods: The present semi-experimental study was conducted using a pretest-posttest design and a control group. The statistical population of this study comprised all children with learning disabilities in Isfahan during the academic year of 2016-2017. In this research, non-random convenient
more » ... convenient sampling method was used and 30 children with learning disabilities were selected who were referred to educational counseling centers and they were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. This study utilized self-efficacy and social skills questionnaires for children. Data were analyzed using covariance analysis. Results: The results of data analysis showed that child-centered mindfulness therapy was effective on social skills and self-efficacy of children with learning disabilities. This means that mindfulness therapy was able to significantly increase the social skills and self-efficacy of children with learning disabilities (P-value < 0.001). Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, it can be concluded that child-centered mindfulness therapy can be used as an effective treatment for improving social skills and self-efficacy of children with learning disabilities.
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