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  • Self Compassion: A Resilience Factor during the Menopause Transition

    Lydia Brown, psychologist PhD/MA (Clinical Psychology) PhD submitted July 2015 University of Melbourne, Australia

  • (Freeman et. al., 2011; Sarrell et. al., 2015)

    The Burden of Hot Flushes

  • Sarah Sheila

    (Brown et al., 2014; Carpenter & Rand, 2008; Rand et. al., 2011)



    Percent of variance in hot flush interference ratings not explained by flush frequency

  • Self-Compassion •  Healthy way of relating towards the self when facing

    difficulties (Neff, 2002)

    Self-Kindness Common Humanity Mindfulness

  • Methods •  Community sample of 517 women

    aged 40-60 who had participated in an earlier longitudinal study of health and well-being ▫  206 women reported current hot

    flushes ▫  10 year longitudinal data for 490

    participants •  Structural equation modelling

    using Mplus statistical software

  • Results

  • Menopausal Predictors or Well-being

  • Self-compassion, Menopause and Well- being

    ∆ R2 = .02 - .10

  • It Isn’t All in Your Head Self-compassion Take control

    •  Dialogue •  Workplace issues •  Health care •  Personal cooling •  Education

    •  Self-kindness •  Common

    humanity •  Mindfulness

    Self- Compassion

    Take Control

  • Menopause occurs in a cultural context. A context that often glorifies youth.

  • Positive Attitude to Ageing Negative attitude to Ageing

  • • Brown, L., Bryant, C., Brown, V. M., Bei, B., & Judd, F. K. Self-compassion attitudes to ageing and well-being among midlife women. Ageing and Mental Health, In press.

    • Brown, L., Bowden, S., Bryant, C., Brown, V. M., Bei, B., Glison, K. & Judd, F. K. The Validity and Utility of the Attitudes to Ageing Questionnaire in Predicting Menopausal Factors and Well-being Trajectories. Maturitas, in press.

  • Two Tiers of Intervention

    Prime, Plan, Peer-pressure


    Talk, Touch, Take- control


  • Research Team

    Assoc. Prof. Christina Bryant Prof. Fiona Judd

    Committee members Prof. Stephen Bowden, Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Boldero and Prof. Henry Jackson

    Dr. Bei Bei and Ms. Valerie Brown

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