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Subject/Keyword
self-compassion
romantic relationships
multiple case study
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Budzan, Brittany N
Supervisor and department
Van Vliet, K. Jessica (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Larsen, Denise (Educational Psychology
Yohani, Sophie (Educational Psychology)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Counselling Psychology
Date accepted
2016-09-21T15:36:22Z
Graduation date
2016-06:Fall 2016
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Separation and divorce is a common occurrence within North America. Given that the transition out of a marriage increases psychological distress in both adults and children, preventative interventions are crucial for avoiding serious ruptures and increasing relationship strength and resilience. A potential option for clinicians is to use interventions designed to increase self-compassion. Self-compassion can be conceptualized as the extension of compassion toward the self, and has been associated with a number of intrapersonal and interpersonal benefits. Although quantitative studies have demonstrated a correlation between self-compassion and positive behaviours within romantic relationships, the experiences and perspectives of participants remains unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the influence of self-compassion on romantic relationships. Using a multiple case study methodology, three adults completed a self-compassion training CD, six sets of online questions, and two semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis was used to construct rich accounts of each participant’s experience. These findings address four research questions aimed at exploring the influence of self-compassion on relationship conflict and satisfaction, as well as its influence on perceptions of one’s partner and oneself as a relationship partner. This study contributes to the field of self-compassion and romantic relationships, and may help inform future relationship interventions.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3P844418
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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