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Title: Self-compassion moderates the predictive effects of implicit cognitions on subjective well-being
Contributor(s): Phillips, Wendy J  (author)orcid ; Hine, Don W  (author)orcid ; Marks, Anthony  (author)
Publication Date: 2018
DOI: 10.1002/smi.2773
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Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520304 Health psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
520303 Counselling psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
920410 Mental Health
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200407 Health status (incl. wellbeing)
200409 Mental health
280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Abstract: This study examined whether self-compassion may regulate the effects of implicit cognitions (automatic and preconscious responses) on the subjective well-being of Australian adults (N = 132). As hypothesized, self-compassion moderated the predictive effects of 2 implicit cognitions (positive attention bias and implicit self-esteem) on 2 indicators of subjective well-being (life satisfaction and depressive symptoms). Low implicit self-esteem and weak positive attention bias predicted more depressive symptoms and lower life satisfaction only for participants who were low in self-compassion. These results extend previous research knowledge by indicating that self-compassion may not only buffer the impact of explicit (deliberate and conscious) cognitive processes on well-being but may also regulate the effects of preconscious cognitive processes on mental health outcomes. Theoretical and treatment implications are discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Stress and Health, 34(1), p. 143-151
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1532-3005
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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