Self-compassion and well-being in parenthood

PhD Thesis


Gammer, I. 2017. Self-compassion and well-being in parenthood. PhD Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
AuthorsGammer, I.
TypePhD Thesis
Qualification nameDClinPsychol
Abstract

New self-help interventions have been called for to promote psychological well-being amongst mothers in the first year post-partum, with self-compassion being identified as a promising intervention target. The present study developed and evaluated a low-intensity, online, compassion-based intervention for this population. The Kindness for Mums Online (KFMO) programme was based on Hartley-Jones (2016), and was developed in consultation with six mothers. Mothers of infants under one year (N = 206) participated in a randomised controlled trial, comparing KFMO with a waitlist control. The KFMO group showed significantly greater increases in self-compassion and in psychological well-being compared to controls, with small to medium effect sizes. Improvement in self-compassion statistically mediated the improvement in well-being observed immediately post-intervention. Treatment gains in self-compassion, but not well-being, were maintained at 6-week follow-up.

The findings suggest that self-compassion can be increased in post-natal women via an accessible, low-intensity, web-based self-help programme. Study limitations include high attrition rates and poor generalisability to more diverse samples.

Year2017
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Deposited13 Oct 2017
AcceptedMay 2017
Output statusUnpublished
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Gammer, I., Hartley-Jones, C. E. and Jones, F. W. 2020. A randomized controlled trial of an online, compassion-based intervention for maternal psychological well-being in the first year postpartum. Mindfulness. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01306-9