Self-compassion and emotion regulation in adults on the autism spectrum

Self-compassion involves being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer or make mistakes. Research shows self-compassion is associated with better mental health and improved emotion regulation. We also know that many adults with autism have anxiety, depression, and emotion dysregulation. However, no research has been conducted to understand the self-compassion experiences of adults on the autism spectrum. Therefore, the aim of this study is to examine the relationship between self-compassion, emotion regulation and mental health.

Dr Ru Ying Cai, Vicki Gibbs, and Dr Abigail Love

Who can participate: 
Both adults on the autism spectrum and adults not on the autism spectrum (18 years or over).

What’s involved: 
Participants will be asked to complete a 15 minute anonymous and online survey. Participants can also choose to be interviewed via zoom (but this is optional).
For more information about the study, please visit the study’s webpage here.

Participants who completed the online survey will go into a draw for one of three $100AUD eVouchers. Interview participants will receive a $25AUD eVoucher.

Interested in participating:  
Please email Dr Ru Ying Cai at to participate

Auhust 31, 2021