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Brief report: Self-compassion, physical health and the mediating role of health-promoting behaviours.

Authors
  • Dunne, Sara1
  • Sheffield, David1
  • Chilcot, Joseph2
  • 1 1 University of Derby, UK.
  • 2 2 King's College London, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2018
Volume
23
Issue
7
Pages
993–999
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105316643377
PMID: 27121978
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

To test the hypothesis that self-compassion predicts better physical health and that this is partially mediated through health-promoting behaviours, 147 adults completed self-report measures of self-compassion, health-promoting behaviours and physical health. Self-compassion and health-promoting behaviours were negatively associated with physical symptom scores. Self-compassion was positively associated with health-promoting behaviours. A bootstrapped mediation model confirmed a significant direct effect of self-compassion on physical health through health-promoting behaviours ( R2 = 0.13, b = -8.98, p = 0.015), which was partially mediated through health-promoting behaviours ( R2 = 0.06, b = -3.16, 95 per cent confidence interval [-6.78, -0.86]). Findings underscore the potential health-promoting benefits of self-compassion.

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