Psychological flexibility and self-compassion in adolescence

  • Aaron Herron

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctorate in Clinical Psychology


Research Portfolio
Systematic Review: A Systematic review of the efficacy of Compassion-based Interventions for improving Psychological Wellbeing in Children and Adolescents

- There has been increasing empirical application of compassion-based interventions in Children and Adolescents (12 studies) in recent years.
- Current evidence suggests compassion-based interventions increase self-compassion, but are less effective at improving psychological wellbeing in Children and Adolescents.
-Study quality is predominately low with the development of a higher quality evidence base essential. Some preliminary evidence of developmentally adapted interventions improving both self-compassion and psychological wellbeing in Children and Adolescents.

Empirical Study: What role does Psychological Flexibility and Self-compassion play in Adolescents with a Chronic Health Condition: Exploring the relationships with Quality of Life, Mood and Medication Adherence

- Psychological flexibility (PF) and Self-compassion (SC) were positively correlated with Quality of Life (QoL) and Mood.
- No significant correlation was found between PF/SC and Medication adherence.
- Increased skills associated with PF and SC could potentially improve QoL and Mood in adolescents with a Chronic Health Condition.
Date of AwardDec 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsWestern Health and Social Care Trust
SupervisorChristopher Graham (Supervisor)


  • child
  • children
  • adolescence
  • psychological flexibility
  • self-compassion
  • chronic health conditions

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