Self-Compassion and Positive Psychological Functioning in University Students

Author: Shabana Luqman

Supervisor: Dr. Iram Fatima

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


A correlational study was conducted to investigate the relationship between self compassion and positive psychological functioning in university students. Curiosity and optimism were studied as two dimensions of positive psychological functioning. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between self compassion, and two dimension of positive psychological functioning. The sample consisted of 100 M.Phill students (men = 50 and women = 50). Self- compassion was assessed through Self Compassion Scale (SCS; Neff, 2003). Curiosity was assessed through Curiosity And Exploration Inventory (CEI) (Kashdan, Rose & Fincham, 2004). Optimism was assessed through Revised Life Orientation Test (LOR-T; Scheier, Carver & Bridges, 1994). The results indicated that there was no significant relationship between self compassion and curiosity in both men and women, whereas, there was a positive relationship between self compassion and optimism in women.

Keywords: Self Compassion, Curiosity, Optimism.

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