Pilot Study of an Online Self-Compassion Training: A Randomized Waitlist-Controlled Trial
Lauren Benyo Linford and Jared S. Warren
Citation: Linford, L. B., & Warren, J. S. (2022). Pilot Study of an Online Self-Compassion Training: A Randomized Waitlist-Controlled Trial. European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 6, 12, 1-14. https://www.nationalwellbeingservice.org/volumes/volume-6-2022/volume-6-article-12/
Processing dates: Submitted 15 February 2022; Resubmitted 2 June 2022; Accepted 21 June 2022; Published 20 October 2022
Objectives: This study examined the efficacy and feasibility of an internet-delivered self-compassion training within a non-clinical general population sample and its effects on reports of subjective well-being and body dissatisfaction.
Method: Using a randomized-waitlist control design, this study examined whether module participants experienced significant improvements in self-compassion, well-being, and body image compared to waitlist controls. Participants were 228 adults (mean age 30.3, 23.5% male and 76.5% female). At pretest and posttest, both groups completed self-report measures of self-compassion, subjective well-being, and body image.
Results: Repeated measures mixed model analyses revealed that compared to waitlist controls, participants who used the MBS101 self-compassion module reported significant improvements in self-compassion, well-being, and body image with effect sizes ranging from medium to large.
Conclusions: These results lend evidence to support the MBS101 self-compassion module as a promising resource to improve well-being and body image. Future research should examine its efficacy in different populations and focus on expanding its content.
Keywords: self-compassion, subjective well-being, body image, online intervention
Lauren Benyo Linford is with the Department of Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA
Jared S. Warren, Ph.D. is with the Department of Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA