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Mindful Parenting for Reducing Stress

Research Sponsored by George Mason University
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Be younger than 18 years old
Must not have
Diagnosis of intellectual disability for adolescent
Lifetime substance use disorder (SUD) diagnosis for adolescent
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up 2 years
Awards & highlights


This trial will test how well a parenting mindfully intervention works for reducing stress in parents of adolescents, compared to a parent education intervention.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for families with an adolescent aged 12-14 experiencing high stress. One caregiver must show significant stress and both the teen and at least one parent need to speak English well enough for surveys. Families can't join if the teen has intellectual disabilities, psychosis, or a past substance use disorder; or if any family member currently has untreated substance abuse (except tobacco) or active, untreated suicidality.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study compares two programs: Parenting Mindfully (PM) and Parent Education (PE). It aims to see which is more effective in reducing parenting stress and preventing adolescent substance abuse. Parents are randomly assigned to either PM or PE intervention groups.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since this trial involves behavioral interventions rather than medications, traditional side effects are not expected. However, participants may experience emotional discomfort when discussing personal issues during sessions.

Eligibility Criteria

Exclusion Criteria

You may be eligible for the trial if you check “No” for criteria below:
I have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability.
I have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder in my lifetime.
I or my child currently have untreated suicidal thoughts.
I have been diagnosed with psychosis as a teenager.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~2 years
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 2 years for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Adolescent psychological symptoms
Adolescent substance use

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: Parenting Mindfully (PM) InterventionExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
PM is an group based 8 week mindfulness intervention for parents.
Group II: Parent Education (PE) InterventionActive Control1 Intervention
PE is a group based 8 week educational intervention for parents that teaches parents about adolescent development.

Research Highlights

Information in this section is not a recommendation. We encourage patients to speak with their healthcare team when evaluating any treatment decision.
Mechanism Of Action
Side Effect Profile
Prior Approvals
Other Research
Common treatments for adolescent substance abuse include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based interventions, and family or parental involvement therapies. Mindfulness techniques, such as those studied in the Parenting Mindfully trial, work by enhancing self-awareness and emotional regulation, reducing stress, and improving coping skills. These mechanisms are crucial for adolescents as they help manage triggers and cravings, reduce impulsive behaviors, and improve overall mental health. By involving parents and improving parenting skills, these treatments also create a supportive home environment, which is essential for the adolescent's recovery and long-term abstinence.
The contribution of mindfulness to outpatient substance use disorder treatment in Brazil: a preliminary study.Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement versus CBT for co-occurring substance dependence, traumatic stress, and psychiatric disorders: Proximal outcomes from a pragmatic randomized trial.Mindfulness meditation and substance use in an incarcerated population.

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Who is running the clinical trial?

George Mason UniversityLead Sponsor
58 Previous Clinical Trials
48,534 Total Patients Enrolled

Media Library

Parenting Mindfully Intervention Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT05370768 — N/A
Adolescent Substance Abuse Research Study Groups: Parenting Mindfully (PM) Intervention, Parent Education (PE) Intervention
Adolescent Substance Abuse Clinical Trial 2023: Parenting Mindfully Intervention Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT05370768 — N/A
Parenting Mindfully Intervention 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT05370768 — N/A
~149 spots leftby May 2027