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The use of a meditation programme for institutionalized juvenile delinquents.

15 Aug
A study from Siriraj Hospital in Thailand looked at the effect of a 7-day, intensive meditation program for 101 older adolescent male deliquents in the Upekkha Detention Center. All the boys completed the program and answered questionnaires. Seventy percent of the subjects described feelings of contentment and calm, 53 per cent requested the program be repeated, 52 per cent reported a clearer undestanding in the doctrine of Karma, 44 per cent noted improved concentration and awareness, 36 per cent felt less impulsive. All felt that the meditation practice had been beneficial. The report concludes that meditation is a positive adjunctive therapy for institutionalized juvenile delinquents.

Citation: Witoonchart C, Bartlet L. The use of a meditation programme for institutionalized juvenile delinquents. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, 2002. Aug; vol. 85 Supplement 2: pp. S790-3.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award