Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/19714
Title: The Mediating Role of Self-compassion in Student Psychological Health
Contributor(s): Fong, Mele (author); Loi, Natasha (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1111/ap.12185
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/19714
Abstract: Objective: Self-compassion is an adaptive emotion-regulation strategy characterised by self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness. This cross-sectional study examined the mediating role of self-compassion in student psychological health. Method: An international sample of 306 tertiary students completed measures of self-compassion, well-being (satisfaction with life, flourishing, and positive affect), and distress (stress, negative affect, burnout, and depression). Results: Correlational analyses indicated that higher self-compassion was associated with higher well-being and lower distress. A series of multiple regression analyses indicated that self-compassion mediated the relationships between stress and depression, negative affect and depression, burnout and depression, and aggregate distress and aggregate well-being. Conclusion: Overall, the findings suggest that self-compassion may be a useful addition to interventions aimed at mitigating student distress and improving student well-being.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Psychologist, 51(6), p. 431-441
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1742-9544
0005-0067
Field of Research (FOR): 170103 Educational Psychology
170113 Social and Community Psychology
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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