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Could self-compassion impact the wellbeing of people with Parkinson’s disease?
Author: Sarah McGrathPublished: 3 March 2022
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Scientists in the UK have examined the link between self-compassion and the psychological wellbeing of people with Parkinson’s.
Researchers conducted a survey of 130 people with the condition, using questionnaires to assess levels of self-compassion – which they described as “a non-judgemental acknowledgement of one’s own suffering and a self-directed response based upon ‘kindness, concern and support’”.
The study examined the impact of participants’ own feelings about Parkinson’s, as well as how they were impacted by other people’s attitudes to the condition.
The researchers found that higher levels of self-compassion were linked to lower levels of psychological distress – such as anxiety, stress and depression – in participants. However, they noted that levels of self-compassion did not impact psychological distress caused by “enacted stigma” (the actions and attitudes of other people).
The team added that it was important to consider how wider social stigma can affect the mental wellbeing of people with Parkinson’s.
To find out more about the latest Parkinson’s disease research, visit Parkinson’s Europe website.
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