Comparing young people's experience of technology-delivered : two-armed qualitative focus group studyv: two-armed qualitative focus group study. face-to-face mindfulness and relaxation: two-armed qualitative focus group study

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Abstract

Background

The current popularity of mindfulness-based practices has coincided with the increase in access to mobile technology. This has led to many mindfulness apps and programs becoming available, some specifically for children. However, little is known about the experience of engaging with mindfulness through these mediums.

Aims

To explore children's experience of mindfulness delivered both face-to-face and through a computer game to highlight any differences or similarities.

Method

A two-armed qualitative focus groups design was used to explore children's experiences. The first arm offered mindfulness exercises in a traditional face-to-face setting with guided meditations. The second arm offered mindfulness exercises through a computer game avatar.

Results

Themes of relaxation, engagement, awareness, thinking, practice and directing attention emerged from both arms of focus groups. Subthematic codes highlight key differences as well as similarities in the experience of mindfulness.

Conclusions

These results indicate that mindfulness delivered via technology can offer a rich experience.

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