Effectiveness of Self Compassion Group Training on Self Criticism and Cognitive Behavioral Avoidance in Depressed Adolescents

Document Type : Original Article


1 Clinical psychology.department of psychology and educational learning.shiraz university.shiraz.iran

2 shiraz university/shiraz/iran


Introduction: The persent study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of self compassion group training on self-criticism and cognitive- behavioral avoidance in adolescents with depression diagnosis.
Method: The present study was a randomized controlled experimental design. The statistical population consisted of all adolescents with depressive symptoms who were educated in the  region 4 of Shiraz, in the academic year 2019 at the 10th to 12th grade. Among these 30  students were selected through a purposive sampling procedure and then were randomly divided into two experimental and control groups. The Levels of Self-Critical scale, Cognitive-Behavioral Avoidance Scale and Beck Depression Inventory were performed. The experimental group received Compassionate Mind Training for eight 90-minutes sessions. Data were analyzed by multivariable analyze of covariance (MANCOVA) and using SPSS-20.
Results: Results indicated significant differences between two groups in self-criticism and cognitive-behavioral avoidance scores in the post-test (P≥0/001). The exprimental group showed a significant decrease in self-criticism and also in conitive-behavioral avoidance scores.
Conclusion: These findings suggested that group compassionate mind training as an important intervention in reducing self-criticism and cognitive-behavioral avoidance among adolescents.


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