Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How Compassion Affects Lives: A Qualitative Study on the Experience of Compassion and the Long-Term Outcomes after Compassion Training in a Sample of Women
by McConnell, Sara, Psy.D., Sofia University, 2020, 198; 28022231
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Luskin, Frederic
Commitee: Rettger, John, Ozawa-de Silva, Brendan
School: Sofia University
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
Publication Number: 28022231
ISBN: 9798662501546
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