Self-Compassion during COVID-19 in Non-WEIRD Countries: A Narrative Review

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Yasuhiro Kotera, Ann Kirkman, Julie Beaumont, Magdalena A. Komorowska, Elizabeth Such, Yudai Kaneda and Annabel Rushforth 2023. Self-Compassion during COVID-19 in Non-WEIRD Countries: A Narrative Review. Healthcare. 11 (14), pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11142016
AuthorsYasuhiro Kotera, Ann Kirkman, Julie Beaumont, Magdalena A. Komorowska, Elizabeth Such, Yudai Kaneda and Annabel Rushforth
Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic impacted people’s mental health negatively worldwide, including in non-WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic) countries. Self-compassion, kindness and understanding towards oneself in difficult times have received increasing attention in the field of mental health. Self-compassion is strongly associated with good mental health in various populations. This narrative review aimed to synthesise the evidence on self-compassion and mental health in non-WEIRD countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. MEDLINE and PsycINFO were searched for empirical studies. Self-compassion was consistently associated with positive mental health in non-WEIRD countries too. However, how, and to what degree, each component of self-compassion impacts mental health remains to be evaluated across different cultures. Future research such as multi-national intervention studies, or component network meta-analysis, is needed to advance our understanding of how self-compassion improves mental health in different populations.

Keywordsnarrative review; self-compassion ; mental health ; COVID-19
Year2023
JournalHealthcare
Journal citation11 (14), pp. 1-12
PublisherMDPI
ISSN 2227-9032
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11142016
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11142016
Output statusPublished
Publication dates13 Jul 2023
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Deposited23 Aug 2023
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