Journal Article


Mark Shevlin
Marylène Cloitre
Neil P Roberts
Jonathan I. Bisson
Sarah Philips
Jackie Thomas
Paula Easton
Katharine Logan
Claire Fyvie
Aoife Bradley
and 2 others



self organization female self report therapeutic ptsd international classification self concept life events

Is Self-Compassion a Worthwhile Therapeutic Target for ICD-11 Complex PTSD (CPTSD)? (2018)

Abstract Background: Two ‘sibling’ disorders have been proposed for the fourthcoming 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11): post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD (CPTSD). Examining psychological factors that may be associated with CPTSD, such as self-compassion, is an important first step in its treatment that can inform consideration of which problems are most salient and what interventions are most relevant. Aims: We set out to investigate the association between self-compassion and the two factors of CPTSD: the PTSD factor (re-experiencing, avoidance, sense of threat) and the Disturbances in Self-Organization (DSO) factor (affect dysregulation, negative self-concept and disturbances in relationships). We hypothesized that self-compassion subscales would be negatively associated with both PTSD and DSO symptom clusters. Method: A predominantly female, clinical sample (n = 106) completed self-report scales to measure traumatic life events, ICD-11 CPTSD and self-compassion. Results: Significant negative associations were found between the CPTSD DSO clusters of symptoms and self-compassion subscales, but not for the PTSD ones. Specifically it was also found that self-judgement and common humanity significantly predicted hypoactive affect dysregulation whereas self-judgement and isolation significantly predicted negative self-concept. Conclusions: Our results indicate that self-compassion may be a useful treatment target for ICD-11 CPTSD, particularly for symptoms of negative selfconcept and affect dysregulation. Future research is required to investigate the efficacy and acceptability of interventions that have implicit foundations on compassion.
Collections Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Science and Engineering: Psychology
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Type = Article
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Status = Published

Full list of authors on original publication

Mark Shevlin, Marylène Cloitre, Neil P Roberts, Jonathan I. Bisson, Sarah Philips, Jackie Thomas, Paula Easton, Katharine Logan, Claire Fyvie, Aoife Bradley and 2 others

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Mark Shevlin
National College of Ireland
Total Publications: 125
Marylène Cloitre
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 38
Neil Roberts
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 27
Jonathan I. Bisson
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 29
Claire Fyvie
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 11
Aoife Bradley
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 4