What is it about?
Living with mental health problems in younger age is difficult. In this study we investigated how adolescent girls experienced compassion-focused therapy in a group setting.
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Why is it important?
As far as we know this is the first study to explore the experiences of adolescents regarding compassion-focused group therapy.
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This page is a summary of: Gaining the courage to see and accept oneself: Group-based compassion-focussed therapy as experienced by adolescent girls, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, June 2020, SAGE Publications,
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Gaining the courage to see and accept oneself: Group-based compassion-focussed therapy as experienced by adolescent girls
Shame and self-stigmatisation are common in adolescents with mental health problems, and can hinder their recovery. Compassion-focussed therapy (CFT) help people address challenging experiences and emotions with courage, wisdom, and care. However, no previous studies have examined whether CFT is helpful for adolescents with mental health problems. The present study aimed to describe lived experiences regarding group-based CFT based on the perspectives of a sample of adolescent girls who were recruited from a child and adolescent psychiatric outpatient clinic in Sweden. In-depth interviews were conducted with six girls, aged 15 to 17, using a reflective lifeworld research approach. The results showed that participating in group-based CFT means gaining the courage to see and accept oneself through meeting with peers who are experiencing similar difficulties. When sharing experiences in a group, new perspectives and an acknowledgement that mental and emotional struggle are normal arise, and a sense of inner peace and belonging emerges. Instead of hiding from society, it is possible to participate in everyday life, ask for help, and asserting oneself. CFT can provide a promising method for empowering young people with mental health problems, helping them feel connected with others, and fostering in them the strength to show their true personalities.
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