Moderating Variables in the Relationship Between Self-Criticism and Depression

  • Author / Creator
    Desgagne, Gabrielle, S
  • Self-critical individuals are at a greater risk of developing psychopathology than those who are self-compassionate and have the ability to self-reassure. Indeed, excessive self-criticism as a personality trait has been shown to be a stable and relatively intractable vulnerability factor to depression that responds slowly to treatment. It is therefore important to study moderating variables that may buffer the effects of self-criticism on depression. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between self-criticism, fear of compassion from others, gender, social safeness, and depression. Self-report questionnaires were administered to undergraduate students. Regression analyses were used to test hypotheses predicting that fear of compassion from others, gender, and social safeness would moderate the relationship between self-criticism and depression. Social safeness was found to moderate the positive association between self-criticism and depression.

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    Spring 2019
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    Master of Education
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