Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

Title: The association between self-compassion/self-criticism and mental health: exploring mediating variables



BA assignment:


4 students

Own data collection: YES 

Type of research: quantitative empirical   

EC: 15       




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