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Self-Compassion: A Wellness Intervention for the Millennial College Student

Brat, Mansi and Gamby, Katie and Avadhanam, Ramya (2017) Self-Compassion: A Wellness Intervention for the Millennial College Student. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 6.


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Today’s traditional millennial college student (born between 1980-2004) is generally confident, performance oriented, ambitious, adept at multitasking, and successful (Levine & Dean, 2012; Yazykova & McLeigh, 2015). While the typical millennial college student has many strengths, researchers are noticing that this generation is increasingly affected by high rates of anxiety and depression (Brunner et al., 2014; Neff & McGhee, 2009). With a growing interest in the mental health benefits of self-compassion, researchers are finding that self-compassion is significantly decreasing personal distress in millennial college students (Neff & Pommier, 2013). Additionally, evidence suggests that increased self-compassion or treating oneself with kindness and compassion, is an important predictor of wellbeing and resilience (Neff, 2003; Neff, 2011). This article provides a current literature review describing the construct of self-compassion, the advantages of self-compassion, and its applicability to enhancing the wellbeing of the millennial college student. Additionally, the article discusses interventions that act as mediators for developing self-compassion amongst millennial college populations, providing implications for future research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is published annually and dedicated to publishing refereed articles related to professional counseling in general and issues and counseling approaches that focus on wellness and personal adjustment. Publication priority was given to current Masters and Doctoral students from CACREP-accredited Counseling Programs with active Chi Sigma Iota Chapters Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is the official publication of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Northern Arizona University.
Keywords: self-compassion; wellbeing; millennial college students
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 18:30
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/3007

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