Self-compassion mediates the relationship between parental criticism and social anxiety

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Potter, Rob F., Yap, Ann Keong, Francis, Andrew James Peter and Schuster, Sharynn. (2014). Self-compassion mediates the relationship between parental criticism and social anxiety. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy. 14(1), pp. 33 - 43.
AuthorsPotter, Rob F., Yap, Ann Keong, Francis, Andrew James Peter and Schuster, Sharynn
Abstract

Psychological theories of social anxiety suggest that social anxiety is associated with parental criticism. The current study aimed to test this hypothesis and examine the possibility that different aspects of self-compassion (self-warmth and self-coldness) mediate the relationship between parental criticism and social anxiety. Participants from the general population (N= 211) completed an online survey that measured levels of parental criticism, self-compassion, and social anxiety. The results showed that parental criticism was positively correlated with social anxiety and self-coldness, while negatively correlated with self-warmth. Social anxiety was also positively correlated with self-coldness and negatively correlated with self-warmth. Finally, self-warmth and self-coldness completely mediated the relationship between parental criticism and social anxiety. The results provide evidence to suggest that parental criticism has an impact on social anxiety through its association with low self-compassion.

KeywordsSelf-compassion; parentalcriticism; social anxiety
Year2014
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy
Journal citation14 (1), pp. 33 - 43
PublisherAsociacion de Analisis del Comportamiento
ISSN1577-7057
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84894051590
Web address (URL)http://www.ijpsy.com/index.php
Page range33 - 43
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