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Compassion and complex interpersonal trauma in adolescence: An early systematic review

Amari, Nicola; Mahoney, Adam


Nicola Amari


Whilst childhood trauma has been identified as a transdiagnostic risk factor for poly-psychopathology, compassion-focused interventions have emerged as transdiagnostic treatment modality. However, no previous systematic review has specifically explored the relationship between complex interpersonal trauma and compassion in adolescence. The aim of this early systematic review was to evaluate the existing evidence on the role of compassion in adolescents with complex interpersonal trauma.

A systematic search of electronic databases was undertaken to identify cross-sectional and intervention studies that examined the role of compassion in the amelioration of psychopathology in adolescence.

Nine studies, including three intervention studies and six cross-sectional studies, met the inclusion criteria. The findings suggested a mediating role of compassion in trauma-specific and overall psychopathology.

Despite the dearth of research, this review suggests that integrating compassion might mediate the relationship between complex trauma and psychopathology in adolescents.


Amari, N., & Mahoney, A. (2022). Compassion and complex interpersonal trauma in adolescence: An early systematic review. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 29(3), 799-814.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 8, 2021
Online Publication Date Dec 21, 2021
Publication Date 2022-06
Deposit Date Jan 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 22, 2022
Journal Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
Print ISSN 1063-3995
Electronic ISSN 1099-0879
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 3
Pages 799-814
Keywords adolescence, compassion, complex trauma, CPTSD, self-compassion
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