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Improving Mental Health Among Transgender Adolescents: Implementing Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens
Bluth, K., Lathren, C., Clepper-Faith, M., Larson, L. M., Okunbamowo, D. O., & Pflum, S.
From the abstract: "The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes of an online self-compassion intervention for transgender adolescents, with the aim of improving mental health. Participants identified as transgender or gender expansive, were between the ages of 13 and 17, and lived in the U.S. or Canada. The empirically-based self-compassion program, Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (formerly Making Friends with Yourself) was implemented in eight 1.5 hour sessions on the Zoom platform by two trained instructors. Surveys were administered pre-, post-intervention, and at 3 months follow-up, and qualitative data were collected through end-of-program interviews and open-ended questions on the post-survey. All protocols were approved by the university IRB. Quantitative data analysis included repeated measures ANOVAs, and qualitative data were analyzed via both inductive and deductive methods. Results indicated that all but one psychosocial measure significantly improved from pre- to post-intervention, which then significantly improved at 3-month follow-up; most other improvements were maintained at follow-up. Four themes emerged from the qualitative data: virtual safe space; connection to body; personal growth; and recommended course changes and are discussed. Results suggest that self-compassion interventions can be incorporated into therapy programs to support and improve mental health for transgender adolescents."
Bluth, K., Lathren, C., Clepper-Faith, M., Larson, L. M., Okunbamowo, D. O., & Pflum, S. (2021). Improving mental health among transgender adolescents: implementing mindful self-compassion for teens. Journal of Adolescent Research. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1177/07435584211062126