Mindfulness, Life Skills, Resilience, and Emotional and Behavioral Problems for Gifted Low-Income Adolescents in China

Chien Chung Huang, Yafan Chen, Huiying Jin, Marci Stringham, Chuwei Liu, Cailee Oliver

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Abstract

In contrast to emotional and behavioral problems (EBPs), which can disrupt normal adolescent development, resilience can buffer the effects of stress and adverse childhood experiences and can help youth overcome adversity. While research has looked at the relationship between adolescent resilience and EBPs, current literature relatively lack a discussion of a strengths-based approach of resilience framework, nor discuss non-western sociocultural contexts. In this study, we utilized the resilience theory to examine the effects of individual mindfulness and life skills on resilience and consequently on EBPs in a group of low-income and gifted adolescents in China. A secondary data of 152 adolescents from a specialized school for low-income and gifted students in Guangzhou, China was used for the analysis. The findings from structural equation modeling indicated that mindfulness and life skills were associated with heightened resilience and reduced EBPs. In addition, resilience reduced EBPs for this group of adolescents. These findings underscore the promise of mindfulness and life skills training on increasing resilience and reducing EBPs in gifted adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number594
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume11
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 31 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

Keywords

  • China
  • emotional and behavioral problems
  • gifted adolescents
  • life skills
  • mindfulness
  • resilience

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