A longitudinal analysis of the relationship between self-compassion and the psychological effects of perceived stress


Journal Article

© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Self-compassion is consistently associated with psychological well-being, but most research has examined their relationship at only a single point in time. This study employed a longitudinal design to investigate the relationship between baseline self-compassion, perceived stress, and psychological outcomes in college students (n = 462) when the outcomes were measured both concurrently with perceived stress and after a lag of six months. Self-compassion moderated the effects of perceived stress such that stress was less strongly related to depression, anxiety, and negative affect among participants who scored high rather than low in self-compassion. Self-compassion also moderated the effects of perceived stress on depression and anxiety prospectively after six months. Self-compassion predicted positive affect but moderated the effects of perceived stress on positive affect in only one analysis. This study suggests that high self-compassion provides emotional benefits over time, partly by weakening the link between stress and negative outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stutts, LA; Leary, MR; Zeveney, AS; Hufnagle, AS

Published Date

  • November 2, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 609 - 626

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1529-8876

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1529-8868

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15298868.2017.1422537

Citation Source

  • Scopus