Exploring the methodology to assess the influence of self-compassion education and training for parents and families: A protocol for a systematic review

Shwikar Mahmoud Etman Othman*, Mary Steen, Lois McKellor, Dianne Wepa

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Background: Several studies have discussed the importance of self-compassion in reducing anxiety, stress, and negative emotions for oneself. However, little research has been undertaken regarding the effectiveness of including self-compassion and outcomes for parents and their children. Aim and objective:To examine and explore the research evidence for the influence of self-compassion education and training upon parents and families.
Methods: This systematic review will utilize the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) systematic review methodology. A three-stage comprehensive search of at least five electronic databases including Medline, Embase, PsychoInfo, Emcare and Cochrane library, as well as Grey literature,will be conducted. Two independent reviewers will review the title and abstract of each paper to determine inclusion; all included papers will be appraised using the standardized critical appraisal instruments for evidence of effectiveness developed by JBI. This review will consider studies that include parents, mothers, fathers, family/families and expectant parents.Studies investigating education or training will be included, i.e., programs, workshops, seminars or sessions provided by all health care professionals/health and social workers/counsellors, psychologists, nurses, midwives, meditation practitioners, and mindfulness trainers.In addition, this review will consider studies that evaluate or measure any type of self-compassion education or training, i.e., programs, workshops, seminars, sessions targeted for parents, mothers, fathers, family/families or expectant parents.Self-compassion education or training may be provided face-to-face, one-to-one, group work, webinar, digital or online,programs, workshops, parental education classes or simulation classes, seminars, sessions.This review will include any randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental studies, cohort studies and case-controlled studies, before and after studies, and mixed-method studies.Studies will only be considered if they include the following outcome measures: measuring self-compassion (self-kindness, common humanity, mindfulness), fear of compassion and any outcome for health and wellbeing of parents/families,and these will be reported in a column in the summary table of all included studies.
Results:The review outcomes will be reported on both continuous and dichotomous scales, where possible findings will be pooled for reporting using JBI tools.
Conclusions: The findings of this systematic review will guide further research on developing, designing, facilitating and evaluating self-compassion education and training programs, workshops, sessions for parents and families.
PROSPERO registration: This systematic review title is registered at the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews: CRD42021225021.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCharlottesville, US
PublisherCenter for Open Science
Number of pages14
Publication statusUnpublished - 4 May 2022


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