student profile: Dr Madeleine Ferrari


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Self Compassion & CBT: Developing early interventions for adolescent populations

Supervisors: Maree ABBOTT , Caroline HUNT

Thesis abstract:

The central focus of this Ph.D. will be to better understand the construct of self-compassion and its clinical efficacy in adolescent populations. Self-compassion, theoretically comprised of self-kindness, mindfulness, and connection to common humanity, is a healthy way of relating to one’s self in times of difficulty and may be a key factor in building emotional resilience and wellbeing during adolescence. Specifically, this Ph.D. will focus on the relevance and application of self-compassion, combined with a cognitive-behavioral framework, to adolescent populations. This project will involve a meta-analytic review of current self-compassion based interventions, quantitative research into the relevance of self-compassion for adolescence and a 3-part high-school intervention study.

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