The self-compassion scale is not validated in a Buddhist sample

Zeng, Xianglong, Wei, Jun, Oei, Tian P. S. and Liu, Xiangping (2016) The self-compassion scale is not validated in a Buddhist sample. Journal of Religion and Health, 55 6: 1996-2009. doi:10.1007/s10943-016-0205-z

Author Zeng, Xianglong
Wei, Jun
Oei, Tian P. S.
Liu, Xiangping
Title The self-compassion scale is not validated in a Buddhist sample
Journal name Journal of Religion and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4197
Publication date 2016-12-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10943-016-0205-z
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 55
Issue 6
Start page 1996
End page 2009
Total pages 14
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Subject 2900 Nursing
1212 Religious studies
Abstract The concept of self-compassion originated from Buddhism, but very little is known about the utility and functions of this concept among Buddhists. Four hundred and eleven individuals (179 Buddhists and 232 non-Buddhists) completed the survey packages using the self-compassion scale (SCS; Neff in Self Identity 2(3):223–250, 2003a. doi:10.1080/15298860309027). Confirmatory factor analysis showed that the original six dimensions of the SCS were not replicated by both samples, and further analysis of the intra-correlations within dimensions of SCS and relationships between SCS and other variables showed unexpected results specific to Buddhists. Among Buddhists, the dimensions of self-kindness and common humanity neither showed negative correlations with their opposite dimensions nor were associated with better emotional outcomes. In addition, these two dimensions were not predicted by the regular practice of loving-kindness meditation. This study argued that the ideas of self-compassion reflected in the SCS are theoretically different from the ideas of Buddhism, and further implications for measuring and clinically applying self-compassion were discussed.
Keyword Buddhists
Experiential avoidance
Loving-kindness meditation
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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