Author: Juwaria Shaukat
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar and Ms. Nida Zafar
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research investigated relationship between self-compassion and positive psychological functioning (hope, gratitude and psychological well-being in women with infertility. It was hypothesized that there is a relationship between self-compassion and positive psychological functioning in women’s with infertility. It was also hypothesized that self-compassion predicts positive psychological functioning in women’s with infertility. Further it was hypothesized that there is difference in self-compassion and positive psychological functioning between women’s with primary and secondary infertility. Correlational research design was used. A sample of 60 women with infertility was taken from Hameed Latif Hospital and Tariq Clinic. Neff Self Compassion Scale by Neff (2003), Hope Trait Scale by Snyder et al. (1991), Gratitude Scale by McCullough, Emmons, and Tsang (2002) and Psychological Well-Being Scale by Ryff (1989) were used. Pearson Product-Moment Correlation, hierarchical regression and independent sample t-test were used. Results indicated significant relationship of self- compassion subscale self-kindness with Hope (agency and pathway) and with psychological well-being (personal growth), self-judgment with Hope (agency), common humanity with psychological well-being (purpose in life), isolation with hope (agency and Pathway) and psychological well-being (autonomy and self-acceptance), mindfulness with hope (agency and pathway) and total self-compassion with all subscales of hope (agency, pathway and fillers). It was also found that income, husband education, husband intention to other marriage, and self compassion predicts positive psychological functioning in women with infertility. Results also showed significant differences in self-compassion (over identification and total self-compassion) and psychological well- being (environmental mastery) in women with primary and secondary infertility.
Keywords: Self-Compassion, Positive Psychological Functioning, Infertility.
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