The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Training on Self-Compassion, Sexual Satisfaction, and Pregnancy in Pregnant Women

MSc, Department of Psychology, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

MSc, Department of General Psychology, Varamin-Pishva Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

MSc, Department of General Psychology, Varamin-Pishva Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


Abstract

Background: Pregnancy is considered as a period of vulnerability in women, which presents new problems and difficulties to mothers that may impair their mental health. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of mindfulness training on self-compassion, sexual satisfaction, and resilience in pregnant women.

Methods: This quasi-experimental study was performed as a pretest-posttest design with control and experimental groups. The sample of this study consisted of 30 people who were selected using convenience sampling method and were randomly divided into experimental (30 subjects) and control groups (30 subjects). The measurement tools used included the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS), Index of Sexual Satisfaction (ISS), and Connor-‎Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC). First, pretest was performed in both groups. Then, the training was performed in the experimental group in 8 sessions (90 minutes). Subsequently, the posttest was conducted in both groups, and a month later, the follow-up was implemented. Data were analyzed using multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) and one-way analysis of covariance (ANCOVA).

Results: The results showed that mindfulness training was effective on self-compassion, sexual satisfaction, and resilience in pregnant women.

Conclusion: The results of this study showed that mindfulness training is effective in promoting self-compassion, sexual satisfaction, and resilience in pregnant women.

Keywords


  • Mindfulness training
  • Self-compassion
  • Sexual satisfaction
  • Resilience, psychological
  • Pregnant women

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22122/ijbmc.v6i3.181