Hess, Robyn

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Athanasiou, Michelle

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Peterson, Eric

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Richotte, Jennifer


College of Education and Behavioral Sciences; School Psychology


University of Northern Colorado

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Greeley (Colo.)


University of Northern Colorado

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133 pages

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This study examined the impact of a mindfulness program on 42 middle school students who had been identified as Gifted and Talented. Participants completed a six-week intervention designed to teach mindfulness. Before starting the group, students completed the Child and Adolescent Perfectionism Scale (CAPS; Flett et al., 2016) which provides a measure of self (i.e., setting excessively high goals and standards for self) as well as socially-prescribed (i.e., perception that others are holding individual to unrealistic standards) perfectionism. Additionally, participants’ use of mindfulness was measured. All measures were completed at pre-, post-intervention, and at follow up to determine whether the intervention decreased perfectionism and increased the practice of mindfulness. Three Bonferroni-adjusted, one-way, repeated measures MANOVAs were performed on each of the scales to ascertain whether results were impacted by the intervention. Results included a significant change in Self-Oriented Perfectionism and mindfulness was found at the end of group as well as at follow up. In both cases, there were significant differences between pre- and post-tests and between pre- and follow-up tests. Results indicate that mindfulness may be an appropriate intervention to reduce selfimposed forms of perfectionism on middle school students who are in Gifted and Talented programming.

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