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The influence of a self-compassion training program on romantic relationships: A multiple case study

  • Author / Creator
    Budzan, Brittany N
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2016-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3P844418
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. 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.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Counselling Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Van Vliet, K. Jessica (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Larsen, Denise (Educational Psychology
    • Yohani, Sophie (Educational Psychology)