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Gaining the courage to see and accept oneself: Group-based compassion-focussed therapy as experienced by adolescent girls

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare A. Bratt
I. M. Gralberg
I. Svensson
Marie Rusner
Publicerad i Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Sidor 13
ISSN 1359-1045
Publiceringsår 2020
Publicerad vid Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa
Sidor 13
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359104520931583
Ämnesord Compassion-focussed therapy, adolescent psychiatry, adolescent mental, health problems, group therapy, qualitative research, self-compassion, criticism, children, stigma, shame, Psychology, Psychiatry
Ämneskategorier Psykologi


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 meansgaining 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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