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Effectiveness of a Brief Self-Compassion Group Intervention for Students in London University

Li, D. S. P. (2023). Effectiveness of a Brief Self-Compassion Group Intervention for Students in London University. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)



To date, there is limited evidence suggesting a brief self-compassion intervention is effective in a more diverse student population. The aim of the present study was to examine the effectiveness of a brief self-compassion group intervention in promoting mental wellbeing in London university students.


A mixed-method study was conducted. Thirty participants were assigned to either an intervention that introduce self-compassion (n = 18) or a waitlist control group (n = 12). The
intervention consisted of three weekly sessions. To measure improvements in mental wellbeing, participants completed a set of outcome measures at 3 timepoints. Semi-structured interviews were conducted following the group intervention.


Results indicated that the self-compassion intervention led to significant improvements in life satisfaction, self-kindness, self-judgement, isolation and overidentification in comparison to
the waitlist control group. Participants reported positive experiences with the intervention, especially being in a group and highlighted the key mechanism of action in the process of
developing self-compassion.


The findings suggested that the brief self-compassion intervention was effective in promoting wellbeing in a diverse student population.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > School of Health & Psychological Sciences Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses
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