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ERIC Number: EJ1121494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Compassionate Values as a Resource during the Transition to College: Quiet Ego, Compassionate Goals, and Self-Compassion
Wayment, Heidi A.; West, Taylor N.; Craddock, Emily B.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v28 n2 p93-114 2016
This study examined the unique contributions of compassion-related values and skills on stress and life satisfaction in two samples of first-year college students. Quiet ego, a measure of a compassionate self-identity, was associated with using relatively more compassionate interpersonal goals relative to self-image goals. Self-compassion and, to a lesser extent, self-control showed similar patterns of relative goal use. We tested a path model of hypothesized relationships in Sample 1 and confirmed the model in Sample 2. Quiet ego characteristics were associated with greater life satisfaction. Furthermore, these relationships were at least partially mediated by the relationships between self-compassion, self-control, and perceived stress. Discussion focuses on the potential importance of student-focused interventions that cultivate compassionate goals and a compassionate self-identity as a resource during the transition to college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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