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J Clin Psychol. 2013 Jan;69(1):28-44. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21923. Epub 2012 Oct 15.

A pilot study and randomized controlled trial of the mindful self-compassion program.

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University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA. kristin.neff@mail.utexas.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of these two studies was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, an 8-week workshop designed to train people to be more self-compassionate.

METHODS:

Study 1 was a pilot study that examined change scores in self-compassion, mindfulness, and various wellbeing outcomes among community adults (N = 21; mean [M] age = 51.26, 95% female). Study 2 was a randomized controlled trial that compared a treatment group (N = 25; M age = 51.21; 78% female) with a waitlist control group (N = 27; M age = 49.11; 82% female).

RESULTS:

Study 1 found significant pre/post gains in self-compassion, mindfulness, and various wellbeing outcomes. Study 2 found that compared with the control group, intervention participants reported significantly larger increases in self-compassion, mindfulness, and wellbeing. Gains were maintained at 6-month and 1-year follow-ups.

CONCLUSIONS:

The MSC program appears to be effective at enhancing self-compassion, mindfulness, and wellbeing.

PMID:
23070875
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.21923
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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