Mental Health Wellness 1 | Feasibility of the Internet Attachment-Based Compassion Therapy (iABCT)

Mental Health Wellness 1 research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of the internet Attachment-based compassion Therapy (iABCT) to promote wellbeing and mental health for the general population. A feasibility open trial and single-arm study will be conducted with three measurement points: at baseline (pre-intervention), immediately after the intervention (post-), and 3-month follow-up, where participants will be allocated to iABCT. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to explore the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of Compassion-based Intervention (CBI) delivered over the internet in Spanish.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Be 18 years old or over. - Have adequate knowledge to understand and read Spanish. - Have a computer with speakers and Internet access in a secure setting (home or private office). - Have an email account. - Ability to use a computer and to surf the Internet. Exclusion Criteria: - Diagnosis of mental disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Health Disorders-Version 5 (DSM-5). - Abuse or dependence on alcohol or other substances. - Be receiving psychiatric or psychological treatment, - Be engaged in ongoing formal meditation training (e.g., mindfulness or compassion intervention). - Presence of heart disease, cardiorespiratory illness, or other severe medical condition. - History of epileptic crisis. - Unavailability to complete the online intervention because of operation or medical intervention.

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Mental Health Wellness 1


Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:internet Attachment-Based Compassion Therapy (iABCT)The internet version of Attachment-Based Compassion Therapy (iABCT) will be developed to be totally self-applied over the Internet through the website designed by Labpsitec (Laboratory of Psychology and Technology, Universitat Jaume I, and University of Valencia). The iABCT will consist of eight sequential modules: Module 0) Welcome module: approaching to the compassion; Module 1) Preparing ourselves for compassion. Kind attention; Module 2) Discovering our compassionate world; Module 3) Developing our compassionate world; Module 4) Understanding our relationship with compassion; Module 5) Working on ourselves; Module 6) Understanding the importance of forgiveness; Module 7) Consolidating the practice of compassion The content will present through texts, audios, videos, pictures, vignettes, and interactive exercises. Downloadable PDF files will be available so that users can review them offline.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

internet Attachment-Based Compassion Therapy (iABCT)The intervention will consist of an internet version of Attachment-Based Compassion Therapy (iABCT). The length of the intervention will depend on the pace of each participant that will be advised to carry out one module per week, taking days between sessions to complete homework assignments. It is estimated that the online intervention can be completed in eight weeks, with a maximum period of ten weeks. However, each participant will be free to advance at his/her own pace. Formal telephone support will be not systematically provided, but participants will contact for technical assistance (i.e., web accessibility problems or forgotten password) if necessary.

Study Status

Not yet recruiting

Start Date: January 2020

Completed Date: December 2020

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome:

Secondary Outcome: Changes in Self-Compassion Scale (SCS-26) (Neff, 2003; García-Campayo et al., 2014)

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Daniel Campos, PhD

Lead Sponsor: Universitat Jaume I

Collaborator: Generalitat Valenciana (Programa VALi+d)

More information:

García-Campayo J, Demarzo M. Mindfulness y compasión. La nueva revolución. Barcelona: Siglantana; 2015.