We would like to acknowledge Susan Pollak for her assistance in conducting this study.
A Pilot Study and Randomized Controlled Trial of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program
Version of Record online: 15 OCT 2012
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Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 69, Issue 1, pages 28–44, January 2013
How to Cite
Neff, K. D. and Germer, C. K. (2013), A Pilot Study and Randomized Controlled Trial of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program. J. Clin. Psychol., 69: 28–44. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21923
- Issue online: 11 DEC 2012
- Version of Record online: 15 OCT 2012
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.
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).
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.
The MSC program appears to be effective at enhancing self-compassion, mindfulness, and wellbeing.