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Subject/Keyword
Self-compassion
IPA
Adolescence
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Klingle, Kirsten, E
Supervisor and department
Van Vliet, Jessica (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Leroy, Carol (Elementary Education)
Rinaldi, Christina (Educational Psychology)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Counselling Psychology
Date accepted
2014-09-17T10:31:44Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Self-compassion is a growing area of interest for researchers in the field of psychology and other helping professions as it is highly correlated with overall wellbeing (Neff, 2003). However, much of the research to date has focused on self-compassion among adults and from a quantitative lens. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to gain an understanding of the experiences of self-compassion among adolescents by exploring these experiences in-depth. Six adolescents were interviewed about their conceptualizations and experiences of self-compassion. Responses were audio-recorded, transcribed, and analyzed for common themes using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Based on participants’ descriptions of self-compassion, eight themes were developed: putting oneself at the center, maintaining a positive outlook, engaging in pleasurable activities, connecting positively with others, working on self-improvement, upholding one’s public image, accepting oneself, and experiencing emotional balance. These findings may contribute to self-compassion research by helping elucidate the meaning and experiences of self-compassion from the adolescent perspective. In light of the findings, implications for counsellors, directions for future research, and limitations of the study are discussed.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3JW96
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