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Randomised Controlled Trial of an Online Version of Compassion Mind Training in a Nonclinical Sample

Halamová, J; Kanovský, M; Pačutová, A; Kupeli, N; (2020) Randomised Controlled Trial of an Online Version of Compassion Mind Training in a Nonclinical Sample. Europe's Journal of Psychology , 16 (2) pp. 262-279. 10.5964/ejop.v16i2.1683. Green open access

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Abstract

Compassion Mind Training (CMT) is a therapeutic approach to guide highly self-critical individuals to generate compassion. The goal was to probe the efficacy of a short-term, online version of the CMT on self-compassion and self-criticism in a non-clinical population. We conducted a randomized controlled trial with pre-, post-measurements and two-month follow-up. Out of 144 randomly allocated participants 26 and 20 of those allocated to the intervention and control groups, respectively, completed the follow-up measures. The intervention group was instructed through email to practice a different CMT exercise every day for 13 consecutive days. There was a significant effect of the intervention on self-criticism, especially Hated-self and the Self-uncompassionate responding. The CMT group reported a reduction in negative thoughts and feelings with effects present at the two-month follow-up. There was no significant effect of the intervention on self-reassurance and self-compassion. Self-criticism is amenable to change following a short-term online intervention of CMT delivered to a non-clinical population with effects lasting at least two months. These findings are promising and suggest that interventions designed to reduce self-criticism can be provided to broader populations without direct involvement of mental health professionals.

Type: Article
Title: Randomised Controlled Trial of an Online Version of Compassion Mind Training in a Nonclinical Sample
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5964/ejop.v16i2.1683
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5964/ejop.v16i2.1683
Language: English
Additional information: © The Authors. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: self-criticism, self-compassion, Compassionate Mind Training, Randomized Controlled Trial, experiment
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10105460
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