Self-compassion is a flourishing concept in Western psychology. Evidence from scientific research shows that self-compassion is associated with positive outcomes, such as reduced depression symptoms, enhanced well-being, and increased resiliency to stress. The SCOPE Trial is composed of four parts that span over a 12-month period, including a 7-week online program that was designed to stave off the progression of depression. By participating in the study, you will receive up to $150 in electronic gift cards. The main objective of the SCOPE Trial is to examine whether the online self-directed Self-Compassion Reflection Program can prevent the re-experience of this illness.
Your involvement in the study will include the following tasks:
You will be asked to complete a demographics form and several short questionnaires throughout the study (at the 3-month, 6-month, 9-month, and 12-month check-ins). The questionnaires will ask about how you feel, think, and act in certain situations, as well as your day-to-day experiences.
You will be asked to partake in several phone interviews where a researcher will ask you a series of question about your mood and history of daily functioning. The phone interviews are brief and may last between 5 to 20 minutes. The first phone interview will determine your eligibility to further participate in the study. Once eligibility is established, there will be four additional phone interviews at the 3-month, 6-month, 9-month, and 12-month check-ins where you will be asked similar questions.
Once eligibility is established, you will receive access to the Self-Compassion Reflection Program. The program is made up of 7 modules in total and you will receive one module each week for 7 weeks. The anticipated benefits of the program include: (a) preventing future episodes of depression, (b) an increase in self-compassion and mindfulness, and (c) a decrease in symptoms of depression.
The SCOPE Trial is comprised of 4 parts:
You will be compensated with electronic gift cards to one of four vendors (Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Cineplex, Chapters, or Esso & Mobil) of your choice for your participation in the study. The compensation are as follows: a $10 gift card for completing the first part and a $10 gift card completing the second part of the study, and then, if eligible, you will receive a $30 gift card for each of the first three check-ins (for a total of $90 in gift cards) and a $40 gift card for the fourth (and final) check-in. You are eligible to receive a total of $150 in gift cards.