In the journal Scientific Reports, it was shown that initiating a mindfulness-type meditation intervention in conjunction with psychological therapy may be beneficial for adolescents with trauma.
The findings were boasted as the first time scientific evidence was presented on the effectiveness of the intervention.
“We recently described a 1-week residential group program, based on mindfulness training, artistic expression and EMDR group therapy, that significantly reduced PTSD-related symptoms and increased attention/awareness-related outcomes in adolescent girls with multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in a randomized controlled study,” according to researchers.
“Here we describe a genome-wide DNA methylation analysis from saliva samples, as an extension of our previous study that showed the mental health benefits of an intensive multimodal 1-week group program involving mindfulness training, artistic expression and EMDR in adolescent girls with a history of 4 or more ACEs.”
‘Our data support the contribution of epigenetic mechanisms in mediating the effects of the 1-week intervention group program for adolescents exposed to 4 or more ACEs.”
The study was published on October 20, 2022.