CONTRIBUTION OF SELF-COMPASSION TO COMPETENCE AND MENTAL HEALTH IN SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS

Yu-Wen Ying
2009 Journal of Social Work Education  
This study examined the potenfial contribufion of self-compassion to perceived competence and mental health in master's of social work students (N=65). It was hypothesized that the components of self-compassion (i.e., mindfulness, common humanity, self-kindness, overidentification, isolation, and selfjudgment) would impact perceived competence (sense of coherence), which in turn would mediate mental health (depressive symptom level). Students completed the Self-Compassion Scale, the Sense of
more » ... le, the Sense of Coherence Quesfionnaire, and the California Psychological Inventory-Depression Scale. Results showed that overidenfificafion directly and indirectly (as mediated by decreased coherence) affected depressive symptom level. Implicafions for social work educafion are discussed. ABUNDANT EVIDENCE Suggests that serving the most needy and underprivileged members of
doi:10.5175/jswe.2009.200700072 fatcat:q47ypxtqyngqnm64h2etfdxkhe