Evidence of efficiacy of MBCL

There has been a lot of research into the beneficial effects of mindfulness and self-compassion in general. Also specific (self-) compassion training programmes are increasingly studied.

The MBCL programme itself has shown beneficial effects in a growing number of studies – inside and outside the mental health services, on location and online, in controlled and uncontrolled, quantitative and qualitative research.

Three Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT’s) have now been published, studying…

  • MBCL after MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) among people with recurrent depression  (Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands).
  • an MBCL online programme among people with high levels of self-criticism (University of Bern, Switzerland).
  • a brief online intervention with MBCL exercises among students (University of Bratislava, Slovakia).

Summary of the evidence of efficacy of MBCL

In summary, research up to date confirms that after an MBCL intervention

  • mindfulness, self-compassion, quality of life and resilience increase,
  • and depression, self-criticism, anxiety, and stress levels decrease.




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