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ERIC Number: EJ871528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Contribution of Self-Compassion to Competence and Mental Health in Social Work Students
Ying, Yu-Wen
Journal of Social Work Education, v45 n2 p309-323 Spr-Sum 2009
This study examined the potential contribution of self-compassion to perceived competence and mental health in master's of social work students (N=65). It was hypothesized that the components of self-compassion (i.e., mindfulness, common humanity, self-kindness, overidentification, isolation, and self-judgment) would impact perceived competence (sense of coherence), which in turn would mediate mental health (depressive symptom level). Students completed the Self-Compassion Scale, the Sense of Coherence Questionnaire, and the California Psychological Inventory-Depression Scale. Results showed that overidentification directly and indirectly (as mediated by decreased coherence) affected depressive symptom level. Implications for social work education are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: California Psychological Inventory