Title

Does How You Treat Yourself Affect Your Health? The Relationship Between Health-Promoting Behaviors and Self-Compassion Among a Community Sample

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-19-2020

School

Child and Family Studies

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between self-compassion, or treating oneself with kindness and acceptance, using the Self-Compassion Scale, and health-promoting behaviors, using the Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile II, among a community sample. Canonical correlation results indicate self-compassion and health-promoting behaviors share 76 percent of the variance within the data set. The positive components of self-compassion are strongly positively correlated with health-promoting behaviors, and the negative components of self-compassion are strongly negatively correlated with health-promoting behaviors. Hierarchical linear regression results indicate self-kindness and mindfulness are significant predictors of health-promoting behaviors after controlling for demographics.

Publication Title

Journal of Health Psychology

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