Factors Affecting the Mindfulness in Thai Adolescents

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Kamolporn Kaewpornsawan
Kamolporn Kaewpornsawan
Thiraporn Tungittiporn


Objective: To study the mindfulness in adolescents and factors of personal data and Buddhist activities of adolescents which affect the mindfulness score.
Methods: The grade 7 students from 3 schools who were allowed by their parents to complete the 3 questionnaires about the demographic data, Buddhist activities and their mindfulness score. The descriptive statistic was analysed.
Results: There were 658 students having completed the questionnaires, 55% from all boy school, 40% from all girl school and 5% from coeducational school. From personal data, 57.9% were boys and 42.1% were girls. The mean age was 12.4 years old. The grade point average of 3-4 was 89%, marital status of fathers, mothers and guardians were couple in 86%, 85.7%, and 70.1% respectively. The income of the family between 10,001-50,000 baht was 49.1%. The Buddhist activities were shown that 1-2 times/week. Buddhist chanting was 38.3%, no participation in a Buddhist club was 44.7%, reading Buddhist book 1-2 times/year was 28.8%, experience with mindfulness training was 61.3%, 90.8% of students agreed in the advantage of mindfulness, and 60.3% intended to participate in mindfulness practice. The factors which influenced the mindfulness score with statistical significant difference (p<0.01) were female gender, higher grade and studying in the girl schools. The average of mindfulness score was 203.2±22.4. The average score of 4 parts of mindfulness; self control, rapid response, self restraint, and acquisition, were 50.6, 52.9, 49.3, 50.3 respectively. The score was no correlation with the personal data and Buddhist activities.
Conclusion: Young adolescents had a moderate to high score of mindfulness. Female, higher grade and
studying in the girl schools were significant factors associated with higher mindfulness score. The adolescents agreed with benefit of mindfulness and intended to join the practice. Learning curriculum should be applied activities such as game, VDO into the traditional education.


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Kaewpornsawan, K., Kaewpornsawan, K., & Tungittiporn, T. (2013). Factors Affecting the Mindfulness in Thai Adolescents. Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, 57(4), 403–412. Retrieved from https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPAT/article/view/5795
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Kamolporn Kaewpornsawan, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.

Kamolporn Kaewpornsawan, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.

Thiraporn Tungittiporn, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.