Yoga in an Urban School for Children With Emotional Behavioral Disorders

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Tufts Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01305876
First received: February 18, 2011
Last updated: February 25, 2011
Last verified: February 2011
  Purpose

Yoga is becoming a part of therapies for children with emotional behavioral disorders. The goal is to examine the feasibility and efficacy of yoga sessions for children with emotional behavioral disorders at an urban elementary school.


Condition Intervention
Emotional Behavioral Disorders
Behavioral: yoga intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment

Further study details as provided by Tufts Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Behavior Assessment Scale for Children (BASC). [ Time Frame: 1 year. The classroom teachers filled out the BASC pre- and post-intervention on each participant. This took place June 2009, after the yoga intervention took place. Has been completed ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The BASC was chosen to track the effect of the yoga intervention on classroom behavior. The BASC is a tool tht is frequently used within the school setting to track classroom behavior and overall wellbeing of students. The BASC has been shown to have adequate reliability and validity based on concurrence with similar scales (Reynolds & Kamphaus, 1992). Subscales include anxiety, aggression, attention problems, hyperactivity, conduct problems, depression, withdrawal and social skills.

  • The Swanson, Kotkin, Agler, M-Flynn & Pelham Rating Scale (SKAMP) [ Time Frame: One year. The teachers filled out the SKAMP pre- and post-intervetnion to assess participants focus in class. This took place June 2009, after the yoga interveniton. Has been completed. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The SKAMP was used for teachers to assess classroom attention. The SKAMP is a validated teacher observation assessment rating scale composed of 10 items, designed to describe classroom behavior and attention (Gansle et al., 2004; Sharon, Wigal, & Wigal, 2006).The SKAMP is used to monitor interventions and has been shown to be sensitive to change (McBurnett, Swanson, Pfiffner, & Tam, 1997).


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The Swanson, Kotkin, Agler, M-Flynn & Pelham Rating Scale (SKAMP) [ Time Frame: The classroom teachers filled out the SKAMP pre- and post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The SKAMP was filled out by classroom teachers to assess students' ability to pay attention in class. It is a validated teacher observation assessment rating scale composed of 10 items, designed to describe classroom behavior and attention (Gansle et al., 2004; Sharon, Wigal, & Wigal, 2006).The SKAMP is used to monitor interventions and has been shown to be sensitive to change (McBurnett, Swanson, Pfiffner, & Tam, 1997).


Enrollment: 41
Study Start Date: December 2008
Study Completion Date: June 2009
Primary Completion Date: June 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: one group with yoga intervention
one group with yoga intervention
Behavioral: yoga intervention
yoga session 2 x week over 3-1/2 months

Detailed Description:

Participants: children in 4th and 5th grade at an urban elementary school, identified by the special education director and the teaching staff, as having emotional behavioral disorders including anxiety, depression, aggression, conduct disorder, hyperactivity and attention difficulties. These grades have a combined student population of 160 students. Enrolled over two years.

Inclusion/Exclusion criteria:

Eligible if identified by the teaching staff or special education director as having an emotional behavioral disorder. Exclusion criteria: inability to comprehend English sufficiently to complete written assessments and follow the yoga intervention.

Pre- and post-intervention assessments (teachers)

  1. Behavior Assessment Scale for Children (BASC).
  2. The Swanson, Kotkin, Agler, M-Flynn & Pelham Rating Scale (SKAMP)
  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 12 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • identified by the teaching staff or special education director as having an emotional -behavioral disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • inability to comprehendread in English sufficiently to complete written assessments and follow the yoga interventionintervention protocols
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01305876

Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Tufts Medical Center / Tufts University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02111
Sponsors and Collaborators
Tufts Medical Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Naomi Steiner, Tufts Medical Center / Tufts University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01305876     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 8756
Study First Received: February 18, 2011
Last Updated: February 25, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Tufts Medical Center:
yoga
emotional behavioral disorder
intervention
school
meditation
focus: yoga intervention in students with emotional behavioral disorders in an urban school

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders

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