MSC has been scientifically shown to be an effective complement to a wide variety of medical and psychological conditions. Below is a partial listing of medical and psychological conditions with citations of some of the benefits of mindful self-compassion practice. Click on the PDF to review publication.


Self-Compassion and Aging

Allen, A. B., Goldwasser, E. R., & Leary, M. R. (2012). Self-compassion and wellbeing among older adults. Self and Identity, DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2011.595082.  PDF

Allen, A., & Leary, M. R. (2013). A self-compassionate response to aging. The Gerontologist, doi:10.1093/geront/gns204  PDF

Self-Compassion, Body Image and Eating Behavior

Adams, C. E., & Leary, M. R. (2007). Promoting self-compassionate attitudes toward eating among restrictive and guilty eaters. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology,26, 1120-1144.  PDF

Albertson, E. R., Neff, K. D., & Dill-Shackleford, K. E. (2014). Self-Compassion and Body Dissatisfaction in Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Meditation Intervention. Mindfulness, 1-11.  PDF

Self-Compassion, Caregiving, and Burnout

Beaumont, E., Durkin, M., Hollins Martin, C. J., & Carson, J. (2016). Measuring relationships between self‐compassion, compassion fatigue, burnout and well‐being in student counsellors and student cognitive behavioural psychotherapists: a quantitative survey. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16(1), 15-23. PDF

Self-Compassion in Clinical Contexts

Gilbert, P. & Procter, S. (2006). Compassionate mind training for people with high shame and self-criticism: Overview and pilot study of a group therapy approach. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy,13, 353-379.  PDF

Self-Compassion, Coping and Resilience

Przezdziecki, A., Alcorso, J., & Sherman, K. A. (2016). My Changed Body: Background, development and acceptability of a self-compassion based writing activity for female survivors of breast cancer. Patient education and counseling, 99(5), 870-874. PDF

Sbarra, D. A., Smith, H. L. & Mehl, M. R. (2012). When leaving your Ex, love yourself: Observational ratings of self-compassion predict the course of emotional recovery following marital separation.Psychological Science. 23(3), 261–269. PDF  

Sirois, F. M., Molnar, D. S. & Hirsch, J. K. (2015): Self- Compassion, Stress, and Coping in the Context of Chronic Illness, Self and Identity, DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2014.996249 PDF

Self-Compassion, Gender and Sexual Orientation

Sun, X., Chan, D. W., & Chan, L. K. (2016). Self-compassion and psychological well-being among adolescents in Hong Kong: Exploring gender differences. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 288-292. PDF

Yarnell, L. M., Stafford, R. E., Neff, K. D., Reilly, E. D., Knox, M. C. & Mullarkey, M. (2015). Meta-analysis of gender differences in self-compassion. Self and Identity. PDF

Self-Compassion and Mindfulness

Campos, D., Cebolla, A., Quero, S., Bretón-López, J., Botella, C., Soler, J., ... & Baños, R. M. (2015). Meditation and happiness: Mindfulness and self-compassion may mediate the meditation–happiness relationship. Personality and Individual Differences. PDF

Holzel, B.K., Lazar, S.W., Gard, T., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Vago, D.R., & Ott, U. (2011). How does mindfulness meditation work? Proposing mechanisms of action from a conceptual and neural perspective.Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 537-559.  PDF

Neff, K. D., & Dahm, K. A. (2014). Self-Compassion: What it is, what it does, and how it relates to mindfulness (pp. 121-140). In M. Robinson, B. Meier & B. Ostafin (Eds.) Mindfulness and Self-Regulation. New York: Springer. PDF

Woods, H., & Proeve, M. (2014). Relationships of Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Meditation Experience With Shame-Proneness. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 28(1), 20-33.  PDF

Self-Compassion in Mindfulness and Compassion Training

Boellinghausm, U., Jones, F. W. & Hutton, J. (2014). The Role of Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation in Cultivating Self-Compassion and Other-Focused Concern in Health Care Professionals.Mindfulness, 5:129–138.  PDF

Kearney, D. J., Malte, C. A., McManus, C., Martinez, M. E., Felleman, B., & Simpson, T. L. (2013). Loving‐Kindness Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study. Journal of traumatic stress, 26(4), 426-434.  PDF