This study analyzes the validation and effects of a brief attachment-based compassion therapy (ABCT) intervention. Its specific aim was to assess the efficacy of this brief protocol in improving compassion and other related variables.
The intervention consists of two five-hour sessions in a controlled trial with one intervention group (ABCT) and one control group. A short questionnaire focusing on compassion and other related variables (transcendence beliefs, happiness, endogroup solidarity, and global identity) was administered both before and after the intervention, Participants in the experimental group comprised 17 healthy adults (i.e., students and university academic personnel) taking part in an ABCT intervention. The control group comprised 44 participants who did not take part.
The results showed that, in comparison with the control group, the brief ABCT intervention significantly improved compassion, which was its main aim; and further analysis showed that it also significantly increased transcendence beliefs and endogroup solidarity. Moreover, the ABCT intervention was empirically validated.
These results confirm and validate the potential of a brief ABCT intervention.
Lidón Nebot-Gresa, Susana Lloréns, MArisa Salanova, Cristian Coo & Javier García Campayo