Journal article

Self-compassion is a better predictor than mindfulness of symptom severity and quality of life in mixed anxiety and depression

Nicholas T Van Dam, Sean C Sheppard, John P Forsyth, Mitch Earleywine

JOURNAL OF ANXIETY DISORDERS | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

Mindfulness has received considerable attention as a correlate of psychological well-being and potential mechanism for the success of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs). Despite a common emphasis of mindfulness, at least in name, among MBIs, mindfulness proves difficult to assess, warranting consideration of other common components. Self-compassion, an important construct that relates to many of the theoretical and practical components of MBIs, may be an important predictor of psychological health. The present study compared ability of the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) and the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) to predict anxiety, depression, worry, and quality of life in a large com..

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