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Title: Future-outlook mediates the association between self-compassion and well-being
Contributor(s): Phillips, Wendy J  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018-12-01
Early Online Version: 2018-07-20
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.07.006
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Abstract: Self-compassion has been strongly associated with high levels of life satisfaction and low levels of depressive symptoms, but relatively little research has explored mechanisms that may underlie these associations. This study investigated whether three indicators of future-outlook – balanced time perspective, optimism, and savouring-anticipating – mediate these relationships. A sample of 157 undergraduates (Mage=33.21, SD=11.32) completed an online survey. As hypothesised, multiple mediation analyses found that balanced time perspective and savouring-anticipating mediated self-compassion's relationships with life satisfaction and depressive symptoms; where high trait self-compassion was associated with a well-balanced time perspective and high savouring-anticipating tendencies which, in turn, were associated with high life satisfaction and low depressive symptoms. Against expectation, optimism did not mediate either relationship when assessed as one of three parallel mediators. These results add to the budding literature on mechanisms underlying self-compassion's positive effects on well-being.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Personality and Individual Differences, v.135, p. 143-148
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1873-3549
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920410 Mental Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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