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Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
How Parents Process Gender and Violence with Children through Mindfulness

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The purpose of this project was to explore how parents use attitudes and values in alignment with Mindfulness (Brach, 2004; Kabbat-Zinn & Kabbat-Zinn, 1997; Naht Hahn, 1999, 2006) to process the phenomena of gender and violence with their children, and how conveying those attitudes influence their child’s understanding of gender and violence. We engaged the following research questions: 1) How do parents experience the phenomenon of processing gender and violence with their children? 2) How do parents use attitudes and values in alignment with Mindfulness to nurture their child’s ability to navigate these phenomena? A small body of research has explored the efficacy of Mindfulness parenting practices (Bögels, Lehtonen, & Restifo, 2010; Duncan, Coatsworth, & Greenburg, 2009; Harnett & Dawe, 2012) but there is scant research investigating how parents use values and attitudes associated with Mindfulness to process gender and/or violence with their children (Singh, et al., 2006). Our study design was grounded in a feminist phenomenological approach (Fisher, 2000; Sprague, & Kobrynowicz, 2006). For data collection we conducted semi-structured individual interviews with a cross-sectional, purposive sample of five fathers, eight mothers (Patton, 1990). The data analysis consisted of In-Vivo and Value coding, from which the researchers developed categories and themes to illustrate the findings (Charmaz, 2006; Saldaña, 2013). Two main categories emerged from the data: witnessing and boundaries. We used the terms witnessing and boundaries to illustrate how the parents used Mindfulness to process gender and violence with their children. We found clinical, policy, and research implications from our research. One recommendation for clinical practice is to focus on the values and attitudes parents use to process gender and violence with their children as part of a risk and protective factor assessment


Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Redwood