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Validation of the Self-Compassion Scale: Correlations with the Beck Depression Inventory-II
- Self-compassion denotes a compassionate and empathic attitude toward oneself (Neff, 2003b). In the past decade, the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) has been used to measure self-compassion in individuals and its effects on social, psychological, and physiological functioning. While many studies have found positive effects of high self-compassion showing promise for the use of the construct in clinical and empirical applications, there is a dearth of literature regarding the psychometric properties of the SCS. This study evaluated the SCS and its subscales in relation to the well-established Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II). The study included 394 undergraduate Taunggyi University students who completed both the SCS and the BDI-II. As predicted, a statistically significant negative correlation was found between total SCS and BDI-II scores (r= -.39). Statistically significant negative correlations were also found between BDI-II (total) scores and the Self-Kindness (r= -.16), Common Humanity (r= -.11), and Mindfulness(r= -.17) subscales of the SCS. Statistically significant positive correlations were found with BDI-II total scores and the Self-Judgment(r = .13), Isolation (r= .39) and Over-Identified (r= .36) subscales of the SCS. This study evaluated the convergent and discriminant validity of the SCS and its subscales as compared to the BDI-II.
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- Taunggyi University Research Journal