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Chan Woo Lee 1 Article
The Effect of Self-Compassion Writing on Self-Discrepancy, Social Anxiety, and Skin-Related Quality of Life in Adults with Acne Vulgaris
Chan Woo Lee, Myoung-Ho Hyun
STRESS. 2020;28(4):300-308.   Published online December 31, 2020
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17547/kjsr.2020.28.4.300
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Background

Although adults with acne vulgaris suffer from various psychological difficulties, limited therapeutic research has been conducted on this topic. This study examined the effect of self-compassion writing on self-discrepancy, social anxiety, and skin-related quality of life in these adults.

Methods

A total of 46 adults were assigned to one of three groups: self-compassion writing group (n=16), distraction writing group (n=15), and control group (n=15). Treatment included 20 minutes of writing in 6 sessions conducted over two weeks. A follow-up test was conducted two weeks after the post-test.

Results

The results indicated that the self-compassion writing group showed a significant decrease in self-discrepancy and social anxiety and a borderline significant increase in skin-related quality of life as compared to the control group.

Conclusions

Based on the results of this study, self-compassion writing could be an effective self-instructional intervention for adults with acne vulgaris. The limitations and suggestions for further studies have been discussed in this study.


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