What is it about?

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) can alleviate the stress and challenges faced by the parents of adolescents with mental health (MH) problems. Although CFT interventions have shown promising results, few studies have examined its effectiveness in adolescent psychiatric settings. Therefore, this study examined the participant experiences of group-based CFT for the parents of adolescents with MH problems.

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Why is it important?

The CFT intervention enabled parents to find their agency and strengthened their relationships with their children. The findings underscore the need to acknowledge the supportive role parents play in the recovery of children who receive psychiatric care.


The findings of the present study provide in-depth knowledge about the experience of parents who participated in a group-based CFT intervention. Healthcare professionals find it difficult to help patients and their caregivers accept their challenging situations and be hopeful about the future. In this regard, the results of the present study demonstrate that group-based CFT can help parents discover their sense of agency and gain the confidence to care for their children.

PhD Anna Bratt

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This page is a summary of: Finding confidence and inner trust as a parent: experiences of group-based compassion-focused therapy for the parents of adolescents with mental health problems, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, January 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1684166.
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