Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

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Compassionate love has been defined as a love that is centered on the good of the other. This construct is developed out of emotional and cognitive factors that can be influenced by both cultural and social environments. However, little research has been done on interventions that may help sustain compassionate love in real-life situations. Using passage meditation may be one useful intervention. Meditation may help to increase feelings of empathy, altruism, and forgiveness. Stress reduction may mediate changes in compassionate love as well other related constructs. It was also hypothesized that spiritual and religious variables would be associated with an increase in compassionate love.

The Eight-Point Program of Passage Meditation (EPP) that emphasized issues related to health care was used in hospital settings in order to help health professionals learn to practice passage meditation. There was an intervention group and a control group. They conducted a pretest and three post-tests: one at the end of training, 8 weeks later, and 19 weeks later. They measured compassionate love, altruism, empathy, and forgiveness as outcome variables. They also obtained self-report ratings of spirituality and social desirability, perceived stress, adherence to EPP practices, and care-giving self-efficacy. …

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