The Role of Mindfulness and Compassion in Enhancing Nurturing Family Environments

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Abstract

The application of mindfulness and compassion to evidence-based parenting programs (EBPPs) offers a novel approach in enhancing nurturing family environments. The proposed framework offers an opportunity to re-focus behavioral parenting interventions from primarily reducing problematic behaviors to instead increasing pro-social caring behavior. This article aimed to extend the knowledge base on EBPPs by (a) reviewing the current role of EBPPs; (b) discussing the potential of mindfulness and compassion to enhance EBPPs; (c) reviewing current EBPPs that integrate mindfulness and compassion; and (d) providing recommendations for EBPPs in order to help enhance their impact on building nurturing family environments.

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