Research Projects


Cassandra Vieten, PhD, Marilyn Schlitz, PhD

Developing a Noetic Approach to Conscious Parenting in Pregnant Latina Teens

Status: Complete

This study aimed to examine the effects of a specifically developed noetic intervention designed to encourage maternal infant bonding and communication in pregnant Latina teenagers in Marin County, many of whom are highly stressed economically or by virtue of recent immigration. Because significant risks are associated with teenage pregnancy, particularly in low income populations, the intervention provided eight weekly classes covering nutritional education, simple, non-sectarian meditation techniques aimed at stress reduction, and social support. An innovative component included theatrical improvisation designed to facilitate individual self-awareness and self-expression. This project attempted to facilitate connection between the mother and her unborn child, with the other new mothers, and the community. Outcome included measurements of self-concept, depression, parental stress, and infant development.

Principal Investigator(s):  Marilyn Schlitz, PhD
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, Nola Lewis
Key Collaborator(s): 
Nina Wise, Rocio Hernandez

We would like to acknowledge the following for supporting this project: Ray Benton and Claire Russell

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