I’m delighted to add new resources to my website: the self-compassion videos and tip sheet from the Mothercare studies.
The Mothercare resources are for mothers of babies and they were developed by Dr James Kirby and Dr Stanley Steindl. They have been used in two studies, one a micro-RCT. In the RCT we found benefits for mothers in terms of self-compassion, ability to receive compassion from others, depressive symptoms and birth trauma symptoms. In the other study, a pre-post study, we also found benefits in terms of breastfeeding experiences. The fact that we found these effects is amazingly cool because all we did is give mothers access to simple and brief resources: a video on compassion, a self-compassion exercise video and a tip sheet. Making a difference to mother’s lives with something so small is fantastic.
And now those resources are on my website, freely available to all. So please, share widely!
And here’s the references to the Mothercare research:
Lennard, G.R., Mitchell, A.E, & Whittingham. K. (2021). Randomised controlled trial of a brief online self-compassion intervention for mothers of infants: effects on mental health outcomes. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 77 (3), 473-487.
Mitchell, A.E., Whittingham, K., Steindl, S. & Kirby, J. (2018). Feasibility and acceptability of a brief online self-compassion intervention for mothers of infants. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 21, 553-561.