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Cultivating Compassion and Reducing Stress and Mental Ill-Health in Employees: A Randomized Controlled Study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0778-2776
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2022 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 12, article id 748140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Stress and mental ill-health carry considerable costs for both individuals and organizations. Although interventions targeting compassion and self-compassion have been shown to reduce stress and benefit mental health, related research in organizational settings is limited. We investigated the effects of a 6-week psychological intervention utilizing compassion training on stress, mental health, and self-compassion. Forty-nine employees of two organizations were randomly assigned to either the intervention (n = 25) or a physical exercise control condition (n = 24). Multilevel growth models showed that stress (p = 0.04) and mental ill-health (p = 0.02) decreased over 3 months in both groups (pre-intervention to follow-up: Cohen’s d = −0.46 and d = 0.33, respectively), while self-compassion only increased in the intervention group (p = 0.03, between group d = 0.53). There were no significant effects on life satisfaction in any of the groups (p > 0.53). The findings show promising results regarding the ability of compassion training within organizations to decrease stress and mental ill-health and increase self-compassion. 

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2022. Vol. 12, article id 748140
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compassion, intervention, mental health, organization, stress
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Applied Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212279DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.748140Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85124535357OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-212279DiVA, id: diva2:1717494
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