Mediators between self-criticism and depression: Fear of compassion, self-compassion, and importance to others

Ju Ri Joeng, Sherri L. Turner

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Abstract

This study was an investigation of the relationships between internalized self-criticism and depression and between comparative self-criticism and depression as these relationships are mediated by the fear of self-compassion, fear of compassion from others, self-compassion, and the perception that one is important to others. To examine these relationships, data were gathered via online survey methods from 206 university students at a large public Midwestern university in the United States. The Self-Criticism/Compassion Mediation Model, in which internalized and comparative self-criticism were both modeled to predict depression, was built and tested via structural equation modeling (SEM). In the presence of 4 competing models, this model effectively modeled relationships among the study variables. In the Self-Criticism/Compassion Mediation Model, the fear of self-compassion, and the perception that one is important to others serially mediated the relationship between comparative self-criticism and depression. Additionally, self-compassion partially mediated both the relationship between internalized self-criticism and depression, and the relationship between comparative self-criticism and depression. Implications include the use of the model as a guide to developing evidence-based practice for highly self-critical, depressed clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-463
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of counseling psychology
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Fear of compassion
  • Importance to others
  • Self-compassion
  • Self-criticism

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