Scientific interest in compassion has exponentially grown over the past 15 years. The quantitative evidence has consistently shown that compassion and compassion training programs improve health and well-being. However, the qualitative literature on compassion continues to be highly limited. Little is known about the qualitative state of compassion and the long-term outcomes that may emerge in everyday life after compassion training. Consequently, this pilot study examined (a) the lived experience of compassion and (b) the long-term outcomes after Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT). This research was conducted as a secondary data analysis of archived, semi-structured interview data collected 10–14 months post-CBCT. A total of 10 follow-up interviews were thematically analyzed and descriptive phenomenology was used to present these findings. The participant pool included a nonclinical sample of female participants between the ages of 36–71 years who completed a CBCT training (N = 10). The results demonstrated 5 themes that described the lived experience of compassion and 12 themes that exemplified the real-life, long-term outcomes after CBCT.
|Commitee:||Rettger, John, Ozawa-de Silva, Brendan|
|Department:||Residential Clinical Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clinical psychology, Womens studies, Mental health|
|Keywords:||Compassion, Compassion training, Long-term outcomes, Mental health, Psychosocial health, Well-being|
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