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Main Title: Mindfulness Training at School: A Way to Engage Adolescents with Sustainable Consumption?
Author(s): Böhme, Tina
Stanszus, Laura S.
Geiger, Sonja M.
Fischer, Daniel
Schrader, Ulf
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: A central challenge in research on education for sustainable consumption (ESC) is to develop new approaches to engage adolescents with sustainable consumption (SC) in a way that addresses not only the cognitive but also the socio-emotional and behavioral levels. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) that foster awareness, (self-)reflection, and ethical values could potentially leverage learning processes in ESC. The present study was the first one to investigate the potential effects of a consumption-specific MBI on sustainable consumption behavior (SCB) in the areas of nutrition and clothing. The eight-week long intervention was carried out with 15-year old adolescents (N = 85) directly at school. A randomized pre-post waitlist control group design with mixed methods was applied. The study revealed the strong effects of the adapted MBI on precursors of SCB and further effects not directly related to but potentially conducive for SCB. Actual behavioral effects were minor. Substantial inter-individual differences and inconsistencies between qualitative and quantitative results imply case-related effects that do not allow generalizable conclusions to be drawn. Nevertheless, the results of this pilot study indicate that combining mindfulness training with ESC formats appears to be a feasible and fruitful approach to engage adolescents with SC. Future practice and research should consider more diverse target groups, other consumption areas, and longer periods for interventions and their evaluation.
Issue Date: 4-Oct-2018
Date Available: 11-Sep-2019
DDC Class: 330 Wirtschaft
370 Bildung und Erziehung
Subject(s): education for sustainable consumption
sustainable consumption behavior
mindfulness training
randomized controlled intervention study
mixed methods
Sponsor/Funder: BMBF, 01UT1416A, Bildung für Nachhaltigen Konsum durch Achtsamkeitstraining - Teilprojekt 1 der TU Berlin: Achtsamkeitsforschung und Nachhaltiger Konsum
BMBF, 01UT1416B, Bildung für Nachhaltigen Konsum durch Achtsamkeitstraining - Teilprojekt 2 der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg: Bildung für Nachhaltigen Konsum
Journal Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
Publisher Place: Basel
Volume: 10
Issue: 10
Article Number: 3557
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/su10103557
EISSN: 2071-1050
Appears in Collections:FG Arbeitslehre / Ökonomie und Nachhaltiger Konsum » Publications

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