The Master Mind program has been informed by research on mindfulness in adult populations, as well as the developing literature on mindfulness and relaxation programs for youth. The Master Mind program was evaluated in a study using a randomized design.
Students who participated in the Master Mind program showed significant differences in their executive functioning skills, aggressive behaviors, social problems, anxiety, and self-control. Specifically, students who completed the Master Mind program as compared to students who did not receive the program:
- Had higher executive functioning skills, as measured by a performance task.
- Exhibited fewer aggressive behaviors.
- Had fewer teacher-reported social problems.
- Girls who participated in the Master Mind program had lower levels of teacher-rated anxiety problems than girls who did not complete the program.
- Although only marginally significant, boys who participated in the Master Mind program had better self-control than boys who did not complete the program.