Self-compassion as a mediator to the relationship between Perfectionistic Cognitions, Anxiety and Depression of university students

  • Ali Mahmud Shoeib Professor of Mental Psychology, College of Education, Menofia University, Egypt
Keywords: Self-compassion, perfectionistic thinking, anxiety, depression, university students

Abstract

The current study aimed to examine the role of self-compassion as a mediator in the relationship between perfectionistic thinking and anxiety and depression among university students. The study utilized a sample of 602 participants (49 males, 553 females) from the College of Education, with a mean age of 21.73 ± 3.34. The study employed several measures, including the Perfectionistic Thinking Scale (Flett, Madorsky, Hewitt, & Heisel, 2002), the Self-Compassion Scale (Neff, 2003), the Beck Anxiety Inventory (Beck, 1988), and the Beck Depression Inventory (Abdel-Khalek, 1996). The study calculated internal consistency, stability using Cronbach's alpha and split-half reliability, and conducted exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses for the study measures. The results indicated statistically significant correlations among the study variables, while the relationship between perfectionistic thinking and depression did not reach statistical significance. The study tested the causal model using regression analysis and path analysis, revealing that self-compassion partially mediated the relationship between perfectionistic thinking and anxiety among university students, while this mediated relationship was not found in the case of depression.

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Published
2023-12-15
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Shoeib, A. (2023). Self-compassion as a mediator to the relationship between Perfectionistic Cognitions, Anxiety and Depression of university students. International Journal of Research in Educational Sciences., 7(1), 41 - 106. Retrieved from https://iafh.net/index.php/IJRES/article/view/434
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