An initial evaluation of an online compassion focused therapy intervention for self-esteem
Ierfino, D. 2017. An initial evaluation of an online compassion focused therapy intervention for self-esteem. PhD Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
To date, no research has evaluated the efficacy of a web-based Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) intervention for young people. The current pilot study aimed to begin the process of evaluating the effectiveness and acceptability of a web-based CFT intervention by creating an online website youngmindbekind.com, and obtaining an initial effect-size estimate for a full scale randomised controlled trial (RCT) trial.
A two-arm, pilot, RCT comparing a web-based CFT intervention to a waiting list control condition (WL) was carried out with young people aged 16 to 25 from a non-clinical population. Participants had asynchronous contact from the researcher once a week, solely via the internet, to provide instructions for modules. Self-report measures of self-esteem, self-compassion, mental health and quality of life were completed at baseline and post-intervention/wait-list. In addition, the intervention group received them again at a 4 week follow-up.
YoungMindBeKind.com appears to be an intervention capable of engaging young people. Given the relatively small effect size estimate, further pilot work to improve the intervention and/or target young people with lower self-esteem may be helpful prior to a full-scale RCT.
|Keywords||compassion-focused therapy, self-esteem, self-help, online-based intervention, self-compassion|
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|Deposited||12 Jul 2017|
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