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2021 Dec 22

Scand J Pain

Self-compassion in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain: a pilot study.


Carvalho SA, Gillanders D, Forte T, Trindade IA, Pinto-Gouveia J, Lapa T, Valentim A, Santos E, Paciência J, Guiomar R, Castilho P
Scand J Pain. 2021 Dec 22.
PMID: 34954932.


Evidence shows that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported psychological approach for chronic pain (CP) management. Although self-compassion is not explicitly a target of ACT, it seems to be one mechanism of change in ACT for CP. However, research is lacking on the benefits of including explicit self-compassionate exercises in ACT for CP. The current study pilot tested a Compassionate ACT 8-session group program (COMP.ACT; n=9), as well as an ACT-only 8-session group program (ACT; n=7), in a sample of women with CP.