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Cognitively-Based Compassion Training and Mindfulness Attention Training Program

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01592188
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 7, 2012
Last Update Posted : November 14, 2013
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Thaddeus Pace, PhD, Emory University

Brief Summary:
This project will explore the effect of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training or mindfulness training on behavior and saliva stress hormones in elementary school-age children.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Behavioral Resilience Biological Resilience Behavioral: Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) Behavioral: Mindfulness training Phase 3

Detailed Description:
This project will explore the effect of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) or mindfulness training (MT) on different aspects of behavior and stress-related biology in elementary school-age children. The program will consist of 12 weeks of CBCT or MT, and various social behavioral assessments will be conducted. Participants will also provide saliva in which concentrations of stress hormones including cortisol and the inflammatory biomarkers C-reactive protein will be measured.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 53 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: Cognitively-Based Compassion Training and Mindfulness Attention Training for Elementary School Students
Study Start Date : January 2012
Primary Completion Date : November 2013
Study Completion Date : November 2013

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: MT
Mindfulness training. Participants will be provided with once per week training in mindfulness meditation.
Behavioral: Mindfulness training
Mindfulness training will consist of 6 weeks training in mindfulness meditation.
Other Name: Mindfulness meditation
Experimental: CBCT
Cognitively-based compassion training. Participants in this arm will be provided with once weekly training on the cognitively-based compassion training program.
Behavioral: Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT)
CBCT is a 12 week program that begins by teaching mindfulness and attention. It then goes on to use new mindfulness skills to consider topics of compassion, or unbiased acceptance and compassion for all other people, both friends, unfamiliar people, and enemies.
Other Name: Compassion Meditation



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Interpersonal behaviors assessed using standardized protocols of social behavior, social cognition, and empathy. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Assessments before and after CBCT or MT interventions will be conducted to see if these practices lead to changes in interpersonal behavior. Participants will be asked to respond to questions related to social behavior in the lab setting, with the Social Circle Task, Mind In The Eyes Task, and the Implicit Association Task.

  2. Concentrations of stress system biomarkers in saliva [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Assessments before and after CBCT or MT interventions will be conducted to see if these practices lead to changes in stress system activity, as measured by key biomarkers (cortisol, C-reactive protein) in saliva samples.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 7-12
  • enrollment at the Paideia School.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • poor physical health
  • enrollment at a school other than the Paideia school.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01592188


Locations
United States, Georgia
Paideia School
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30307
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Philippe Rochat, PhD Emory University
Principal Investigator: Thaddeus Pace, PhD Emory University

Responsible Party: Thaddeus Pace, PhD, Assistant Professor, Emory University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01592188     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB00054782
CBCT-Paideia ( Other Identifier: Other )
First Posted: May 7, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 14, 2013
Last Verified: November 2013

Keywords provided by Thaddeus Pace, PhD, Emory University:
meditation, inflammation, children, attention