The purpose of this project is to development of and evaluate the effectiveness of the Aware Program, an online mindfulness training program for adolescents with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS).
To date, there are very few non-pharmacological, behavioral interventions that have been developed and evaluated specifically for adolescents with 22q11DS. Thus, there is a need for effective interventions that are tailored for this population to improve their health and well-being, and potentially prevent severe psychiatric symptoms in the future.
Practicing mindfulness on a daily basis is one possible avenue to build self-regulatory abilities and has been associated with beneficial outcomes for children and adolescents.
Currently, there are no online mindfulness interventions available for youth with 22q11DS. Therefore, the aim of the proposed project is to fill this gap by developing and evaluating the efficacy of an innovative and developmentally-appropriate mindfulness program for youth with 22q11DS. As part of the Aware Program, adolescents will complete multiple units in which they will learn about, practice, and apply various mindfulness skills to their everyday lives.