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Why

Self-compassion is a healthy way of relating to ourselves. Self-compassion involves being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or being too self-critical.

This study aims to understand whether or not Autistic adults’ capacity to be self-compassionate and ability to regulate emotions impact their mental health and psychological wellbeing.

Is developing self-compassion relevant and important for Autistic individuals to improve mental health?

The research

Autistic adults, adults who identify as Autistic and non-autistic adults will complete a 15-minute online survey. They will be invited to be interviewed by phone or video call about their experiences around self-compassion. Participants can choose to complete the survey only and not be interviewed.

Making a difference

This is the first research study to explore whether or not Autistic adults’ capacity to be self-compassionate and ability to regulate emotions impact their mental health and psychological wellbeing.

Findings of this study will help us decide if developing self-compassion is relevant and important for autistic individuals to improve mental health.

Research team

Dr Ru Ying Cai, ARCAP (Lead researcher)

Started

2021

Ends

2021

Funding

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

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