The Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training at the Peak of COVID-19 Epidemic on Stress in Abused and Unaccompanied Adolescents in the Correctional Center

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Background: The purpose of this study is investigating the effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction training in reducing post-traumatic stress and its effects at the peak of the COVID-19 epidemic in abused and unattended adolescents in correctional centers. Methods: The present study was a quasi-experimental study with a pretest and posttest design in a control group. The statistical population of the present study consisted of all abused and unaccompanied adolescents in correctional centers. The sampling method was convenient, and 30 adolescents were selected based on the inclusion criteria and randomly assigned to two groups of 15 (experimental and control). Withers et al.'s (1993) list of post-traumatic stress disorder was used to collect data. Results: For statistical analysis of data, covariance analysis and independent t-test were used with the help of SPSS software. The results showed a significant difference between the control and experimental groups (P < 0.05) in such a way that the stress reduction training based on stress mindfulness after the accident had a direct and significant effect at the 95% confidence level. Conclusions: Considering that badly-supervised and unsupervised teenagers are a vulnerable segment of society, mindfulness training is a suitable way to reduce future harm.