Comparison of the effectiveness of emotion regulation training with cognitive therapy based on mindfulness on perceived stress and self-compassion in patients with irritable bowel syndrome

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD student, Department of Psychology, Ilam Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ilam, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Ilam Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ilam, Iran

3 Department of Psychiatry, Ilam Branch, University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, Iran


Introduction: The present study was conducted with the aim of comparing the effectiveness of emotion regulation training with cognitive therapy based on mindfulness on perceived stress and self-compassion in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.
Method: This research was a semi-experimental and pre-test-post-test-follow-up design with a control group. The study population was those female patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome in Ilam city who visited the private practice of internal medicine specialists in 2018-2019. Based on this, 60 people were selected using a non-random sampling method and after matching, they were assigned to three groups (20 people under emotion regulation training, 20 people under cognitive therapy-based mindfulness, and 20 people in the control group). First, in the pre-test stage, the perceived stress and self-compassion questionnaires were used to measure the research variables. Then, two experimental groups were placed in the order of emotion regulation training and cognitive therapy training based on mindfulness. the training, the post-test was conducted. Statistical analysis of variance with repeated measurements was used to analyze the data.
Findings: Emotion regulation training as well as cognitive therapy training based on mindfulness has an effect on people's perceived stress and self-compassion and its components. cognitive therapy based on mindfulness has had a greater impact on people's perceived stress and self-compassion and its components compared to emotional regulation training.
Conclusion: According to the research findings, cognitive therapy based on mindfulness can be used as an effective method to reduce perceived stress and increase self-compassion in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.


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