Use of a brief version of the self-compassion inventory with an international sample of people with HIV/AIDS.

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The objective of this study was to extend the psychometric evaluation of a brief version of the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS). A secondary analysis of data from an international sample of 1967 English-speaking persons living with HIV disease was used to examine the factor structure, and reliability of the 12-item Brief Version Self-Compassion Inventory (BVSCI). A Maximum Likelihood factor analysis and Oblimin with Kaiser Normalization confirmed a two-factor solution, accounting for 42.58% of the variance. The BVSCI supported acceptable internal consistencies, with 0.714 for the total scale and 0.822 for Factor I and 0.774 for Factor II. Factor I (lower self-compassion) demonstrated strongly positive correlations with measures of anxiety and depression, while Factor II (high self-compassion) was inversely correlated with the measures. No significant differences were found in the BVSCI scores for gender, age, or having children. Levels of self-compassion were significantly higher in persons with HIV disease and other physical and psychological health conditions. The scale shows promise for the assessment of self-compassion in persons with HIV without taxing participants, and may prove essential in investigating future research aimed at examining correlates of self-compassion, as well as providing data for tailoring self-compassion interventions for persons with HIV.

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Cited Authors

  • Kemppainen, JK; Brion, JM; Leary, M; Wantland, D; Sullivan, K; Nokes, K; Bain, CA; Chaiphibalsarisdi, P; Chen, W-T; Holzemer, WL; Eller, LS; Iipinge, S; Johnson, MO; Portillo, C; Voss, J; Tyer-Viola, L; Corless, IB; Nicholas, PK; Rose, CD; Phillips, JC; Sefcik, E; Mendez, MR; Kirksey, KM

Published Date

  • January 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1513 - 1519

PubMed ID

  • 23527887

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3796174

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1360-0451

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0954-0121

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/09540121.2013.780119


  • eng