Title: The association between self-compassion/self-criticism and mental health: exploring mediating variables
Own data collection: YES
Type of research: quantitative empirical
Self-compassion receives increasing attention in the field of psychology. According to Neff (2003),
self-compassion entails three components: (1) self-kindness, the ability of being kind, warm
and understanding towards ourselves when we suffer or fail, rather than being self-critical;
(2) the experience of common humanity, the ability of recognizing that suffering is part of
the human experience and that we are not alone in our suffering; and (3) mindfulness, the
ability of observing (painful) thoughts and feelings as they are without judgment, rather
than suppressing or over-identifying with them. Previous research demonstrates that self-compassion is positively related to well-being and negatively related to psychopathology. In this assignment, you will collect data on self-compassion and mental health as a group (together with 1 student from another assignment) and focus on one of the following two research topics:
1. The buffering effect of (facets of) self-compassion on the relationship between self-criticism and mental health (2 students)
2. The mediating role of self-criticism and fear of self-compassion on the relationship between self-compassion and mental health (2 students)
Who are we looking for?
Students who are interested in the topic of compassion and have affinity with quantitative research.
1st supervisor: Dr. Marion Sommers-Spijkerman
2nd supervisor: to be determined