Graduation Year


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Molly Bradshaw, DNP, APRN

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Keri New, DNP, RN

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing


University students are reporting increased levels of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. Trends for mental health distress among this population have been increasing over the past few years. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened this trend. It is important to provide college-age students with the knowledge and skills for self-compassion necessary to navigate the difficult transition from high school to university. Self-compassion skills have been shown to positively affect mental health outcomes, specifically anxiety and depression. A brief, two-part intervention was developed focusing on the major components of self-compassion and offered to university students over a two-week period. Results of the intervention did not show a significant increase in self-compassion, self-kindness, common humanity or mindfulness among participants. Similarly, there was no significant decrease in student’s self-judgment, isolation or over-identification. Further study is needed to inform future self-compassion interventions in this population.

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