The effectiveness of mindfulness-based intervention in attention of individuals with ADHD: A systematic review

Shuk Ching Clara Lee, Man ting Ma, Hin yui Ho, Ka kei Tsang, Yi yi Zheng, Zou yi Wu

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However, no systematic review has been done to analyze and compare the effectiveness of mindfulness-based intervention on individuals with ADHD in different age groups. This review examined its effectiveness for individuals (children, adolescents and adults) with ADHD to improve attention. Methods In 7 databases, totally of 152 studies were identified; 9 met the inclusion and exclusion criteria and were reviewed. Five of the studies recruited adults as the participants, two recruited adolescents as the participants, one recruited both adults and adolescents as the participants and one recruited children as the participants. Results It was found that mindfulness-based intervention was comparatively more popularly used in adults with ADHD to improve attention, and the improvement was significant. Conclusion It is still unclear whether mindfulness-based intervention is effective for children and adolescence with ADHD due to limited studies available and the limitations of the study design in the reviewed studies. Therefore, more research in the future is required to answer the question.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalHong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • ADHD
  • Attention deficits
  • Mindfulness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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