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Improving Wellness for Young Men

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Erica Sibinga, Johns Hopkins University Identifier:
First received: July 20, 2012
Last updated: July 23, 2012
Last verified: July 2012
This study assesses the impact of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program compared with a health education program for urban middle-school male youth on outcomes of psychological symptoms, coping, stress, sleep, and behavior.

Condition Intervention
Stress-exposed Urban Male Youth Behavioral: Mindfulness-based stress reduction

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Improving Wellness for Young Men

Further study details as provided by Erica Sibinga, Johns Hopkins University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • psychological symptoms [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Psychological symptoms assessed include anxiety, hostility, and depression.

  • coping [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Coping assessed includes rumination and typically positive and negative coping approaches.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Sleep [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Sleep was measured using diary and actigraphy.

  • stress [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Stress was measured using self-report and salivary cortisol.

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Behavior [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Assessed by teacher-rated behavior ratings.

Enrollment: 41
Study Start Date: August 2009
Study Completion Date: July 2010
Primary Completion Date: July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Mindfulness-based stress reduction
The mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program was previously adapted for urban youth and here further adapted to 12 weekly 50-minute classes for use in school.
Behavioral: Mindfulness-based stress reduction
Placebo Comparator: Healthy Topics
An age-appropriate health education curriculum was used as a non-specific group comparison for the MBSR program to control for the effects of: positive adult instruction, interactive peer group instruction, learning new material, group size and location, time, and attention.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 7th or 8th graders at St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in 2009-2010 academic year.
  • Parent/guardian consents
  • Student assents

Exclusion Criteria (as assessed by school staff):

  • significant psychopathology
  • significant developmental delay
  • significant substance abuse with behavioral consequences
  • significant behavioral problems
  • foster care due to consent restrictions)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01650233

United States, Maryland
St. Ignatius Loyola Academy
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Erica Sibinga, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University Identifier: NCT01650233     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NA_00028889
Study First Received: July 20, 2012
Last Updated: July 23, 2012 processed this record on September 20, 2017